Household Hazardous Waste


Appointments now available
for the next Household Hazardous Waste Event in Mountain View on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Contact the County of Santa Clara at (408) 299-7300 or visit www.hhw.org to make an appointment.


Hazardous waste,
e-waste, and universal wastes (paint, batteries, and fluorescent lamps) cannot be disposed in the trash because they are harmful to the environment. Use the locations below to dispose of them instead. 

Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program

Dispose of All Household Hazardous Wastes, Including Paint, E-Waste, Batteries and More
By Appointment Only (rotating location will be revealed)
(408) 299-7300 | www.hhw.org
Funded by your local city government and administered by the County of Santa Clara.

Appointments now available for the next Household Hazardous Waste Event in Mountain View on Saturday, August 10. Contact the County of Santa Clara at (408) 299-7300 to make an appointment. 

Accepted Items

  • Asbestos
  • Balloon tanks
  • Batteries (household batteries may also be
    recycled through curbside program)
  • E-Waste
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent tubes and compact bulbs
  • Gas cylinders (MAPP) used in jewelry making
    and plumbing (usually yellow container, 10-12" tall,
    14-16 oz)
  • Musical greeting cards and similar
    advertising materials that use sounds
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Prescription drugs and medicines
  • Propane tanks for BBQs or camp stoves
  • Oil
  • Sharps (hypodermic needles)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Solvents 
  • Thermometers and thermostats
 

Paint

You may now take paint back to participating retailers. Paint  includes latex, oil, coatings, primer, stain, and varnish. 

California law requires a "paint care recovery fee" to be charged on paint purchases effective October 19, 2012. Retailers may also volunteer to be paint collection sites for residents and certain businesses in their community. This means that residents will be able to conveniently take back used paint directly to retailers participating in the program rather than be limited to making appointments for the countywide household hazardous waste program to properly dispose of paint.

See list below for retailers that take back paint (please call ahead if you have more than 5 gallons). For a list of all take-back locations in the county and a list of all paint products accepted, visit www.hhw.org.

Dunn-Edwards
1949 El Camino Real
Mountain View
(650) 964-4526

Kelly Moore
180 El Camino Real E
Mountain View
(650) 964-5220

Kelly Moore
411 Fairchild Dr
Mountain View
(650) 961-0750

Batteries & Lamps

Residents subscribed to curbside service (individual carts) may be able to recycle these items at the curbside.  You may also drop them off at the locations listed below.  Residents living in apartment and multi-family complexes subscribed to shared trash and recycling may contact their property manager to coordinate household battery collection through Recology.

Fluorescent lamps are compact bulbs, straight, circular, spiral and u-bent tubes. Household batteries (from small watch batteries to flashlight lantern batteries) can be taken to the following retail locations free of charge. Please note that they do not accept automotive batteries. 

Holiday Light Strings, visit www.mountainview.gov/holidays.

Blossom True Value Hardware
1297 W. El Camino Real
(650) 964-7871
Leave with employee at register.

Bruce Bauer Lumber and Supply
134 San Antonio Circle
(650) 948-1089
Leave with employee at register.

Stanford Electric
126 San Antonio Circle
(650) 323-4139

SMaRT Station
301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale
(408) 752-8530
Free drop off for Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto residents

BATTERIES ONLY

Residents subscribed to curbside service (individual carts) may be able to recycle these items at the curbsideYou may also drop them off at the locations listed below.  Residents living in apartments or multi-family complexes may ask their property manager to arrange for recycling through Recology.

Best Buy
2460 E. Charleston Road
(650) 903-0591 (Call first!)

Target
555 Showers Drive
(650) 965-7764 (Call first!)

Green Citizen
1576 Rollins Road, Burlingame
(650) 493-8700 (Call first!)

MEDICATION

Various Locations
Visit www.hhw.org for a full  list of medication drop-off locations.  Also visit our web page on Medications Disposal Day.

MOTOR OIL AND FILTERS

Any Certified Used Oil Collection Center
Visit www.hhw.org for list of centers.

Residents subscribed to curbside service (individual carts) may be able to recycle these items at the curbside. These services are not provided to residents in apartments and multi-family properties because of property management restrictions.

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