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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.  Alameda County offers multiple free, convenient options for properly and safely disposing of these materials.

Free Drop-Off Facilities

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste program offers a free residential drop-off service at our facilities in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, and Livermore.

These facilities accept a wide variety of wastes and offer the most comprehensive service in the county. Alameda County residents transporting wastes they generated in the course of living in and maintaining their place of residence can drop-off materials for free.

Program Details & Drop-Off Instructions

Important Service Change for Prescription Medication:

As of March 2019 we can no longer accept prescription medication at our Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward drop-off facilities. Prescription medication is accepted at the Fremont drop-off facility and over 70 drug stores, hospitals, and law enforcement sites throughout the County. For more information click here.

Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicines

We CAN NOT ACCEPT prescription medication at our Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward drop-off facilities. Prescription medication can be dropped off at the Fremont drop-off facility.  Click for more details on where you can take your prescription and non-prescription medicines.

Prohibited Items:

  • Explosives
  • Radioactives
  • Railroad Ties & Treated Wood (call Altamont Landfill at 925-455-7300)
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than Propane)
  • Large Appliances (A/C, Refrigerators, Stoves, Washers, etc.)
  • Construction and Demolition Waste
  • Asbestos

These are still considered hazardous waste and should not go in the trash.  For information on how to properly dispose of these items, consult 800-606-6606.

 

One-Day Events

The Household Hazardous Waste program will host mobile one-day drop off events throughout the County. Alameda County residents transporting wastes they generated in the course of living in and maintaining their place of residence can drop-off materials for free.

One-Day Event Details & Drop-Off Instructions

Business Hazardous Waste

 
 
 

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