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Household Hazardous wastes (HHW)

In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down the drain, or by abandonment. Household hazardous waste needs to be disposed of through a Household Hazardous Waste Program.

Improper and illegal disposal can contaminate our drinking water, impede wastewater treatment plants, pollute local waterways and endanger workers. It can also lead to penalties and fines.

South Lake Refuse & Recycling cannot accept any HHW in the garbage or recycling containers. 

Where Can I Take HHW?

Household hazardous waste is collected from Lake County residents the third Friday and Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at rotating ends of the lake for convenience to all residents in Lake County. Most items are accepted free. Businesses must make an appointment by calling (707) 234-6400 and a small fee will apply. Events for 2023 begin in January.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health, animals and the environment when disposed of improperly. Hazardous waste can be liquids, solids, or contained gases.

According to the EPA, hazardous waste has the following characteristics:

  • IGNITABILITY– Liquids or solids that are flammable or combustible
  • CORROSIVITY – Highly reactive substances that cause rust, corrosion, and obvious damage to living tissue; acids and bases are common corrosive materials
  • REACTIVITY – Substances that, when mixed, create toxic, unstable, or explosive reactions
  • TOXICITY – Poisonous materials

Many of the common household products like batteries, cleaners, paints and fertilizers we use every day are considered household hazardous waste.

Examples of HHW

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Carburetor cleaners
  • Cosmetics
  • Drain openers
  • Fluorescent bulbs / tubes
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline and fuel additives
  • Glues and cements
  • Grease and rust solvents
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Latex and oil-based paints
  • Lighter fluids
  • Mercury containing items (thermometers, thermostats, etc.)
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint thinner and stripper
  • Photo chemicals
  • Polishes and cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable or alkaline batteries
  • Syringes
  • Transmission fluids
  • Unwanted medications (no controlled substances – contact your pharmacist if you are unsure if your medication is a controlled substance)
  • Used oil and oil filters
  • Wood and metal cleaners
  • Wood preservatives
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