Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

Household Hazardous Waste

Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste, keep your home toxic free!

Leftover household hazardous waste should never be thrown in the trash or recycling bin, flushed down the toilet, or dumped down the drain or storm sewer. The best way to reduce and prevent pollution from hazardous household products, protect the health of your family, and preserve the environment is to use less-toxic alternatives.

Alameda County


Drop-Off Facilities

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste program offers a free residential drop-off service at facilities in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, and Livermore. Here are the Program Details & Drop-Off Instructions. New or temporary residents must bring proof of residency documentation (ex. utility bills or rental/ownership documentation).

Swap Sheds

Alameda County residents can pick up good condition household items like paint and coatings, cleaners, garden and auto products, cement, grout, glues, and more that other folks no longer needed for reuse - for free. Swap Shed hours listed in the facility links above.

One-Day Drop-Off Events

Alameda County residents can drop-off materials for free at mobile one-day drop-off events throughout the County. Here are One-Day Event Details & Drop-Off Instructions.


City of Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto provides environmentally safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal for residents and small businesses.

Contra Costa County

Must be a resident or qualified small business in specified portion of Contra Costa County: East, West or Central to use these facilities (e.g. must be resident or qualified small business in West County to use West County Facility).

Please see the facility websites or call the facility directory for details on accepted items, transportation limits, delivery requirements, and operation hours.

To reach the facilities, call (800) 750-4096 and select Option 1 for the Household Hazardous Waste Program. Then select your Facility: East (Press1), West (Press 2), or Central (Press 3).

  • ‚ÄčOption 2 is for the Free Referral Service

Drop-off Locations

East County Facility - Option number 1
2550 Pittsburg-Antioch Highway, Antioch
(925) 756-1990

West County Facility - Option number 2
101 Pittsburg Ave., Richmond
(888) 412-9277

Central County Facility - Option number 3
4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez
(800) 646-1431

Local Options for Common Household Hazardous Items

Options for Other Hazardous Items:

These are still considered hazardous waste and should not go in the trash. *Contact a company that specializes in radioactive hazardous waste for pick-up and safe disposal (fee-based).

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