Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes items such as batteries, paint, household cleaners, and propane tanks. These materials need separate disposal to prevent harm to you and the environment.
You can properly dispose of all HHW for free by making a drop-off appointment or visiting a take-back location.
Make a Free Drop-off Appointment
Visit the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (408) 299-7300 to schedule a free drop-off appointment.
San José has a permanent HHW facility at the Environmental Innovation Center.
The City has suspended household hazardous waste (HHW) operations, including residential and CESQG (small business) drop-off and events, in response to COVID-19.
Free Take-Back Locations
- Automotive batteries, tires, and antifreeze
- Electronic waste (e-waste)
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Medical sharps
- Mercury thermometers and thermostats
- Receive a $5 rebate for every mercury thermometer you drop-off
- Motor oil and oil filters
HHW Disposal for Small Businesses
Businesses that have small quantities of HHW may qualify to use the County's Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator program.
For more information on this program, please visit the County’s HHW website or call (800) 207-8222 to schedule a drop-off appointment.
These corrosive, flammable, or toxic materials can accumulate in your garage or yard and endanger you, your family, and the environment. Remember to never pour leftover materials down the sink, toilet, or storm drain or put them in the garbage.