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City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program - Palo Alto - 2501 Embarcadero Way

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City of Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station Program

2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, California 94303
(650) 496-5910
Hours:

First Friday of the Month: 3 pm - 5 pm ; Every Saturday: 9am - 11 am

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station requires proof of Palo Alto residency (driver’s license or current utility bill) for use of services. Quantities are limited to 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit. The HHW also provides a "Reuse Zone" for residents to pick up usable household products such as paints, cleaners, and unused motor oil (limit 5 items per visit) and available to non-residents. See website for full list of accepted materials. For commercial hazardous waste information, call the City's hazardous waste contractor (Clean Harbors) at 800-433-5060.

Item Notes Method Destination
Aerosol Can - Non-empty Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Antifreeze Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Asbestos Asbestos must be double bagged. There is a two (2) bag maximum.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Batteries - Automotive or Boat Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Batteries - Household - Non-rechargeable Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Batteries - Household - Rechargeable (up to 5 lbs) Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Compressed Gas Cylinders - Refillable Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Compressed Gas Cylinders - Single-use/Non-working Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Cooking Oil/Grease/Fats Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Fire Extinguishers Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Fuel Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required. Automotive Fuel Filters accepted as well.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Gel Ice Packs Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Hazardous Materials & Wastes Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Helium Tanks - Empty Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Helium Tanks - Non-empty Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Household Cleaners Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Lacquers/Stains/Varnishes Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Light Bulbs - CFLs Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Light Bulbs - Fluorescent Tubes Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Light Bulbs - LED Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Medications No controlled substances. Consolidate pills into one container & leave ointments & liquids in original container. Dispose of vitamins in the garbage.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Mercury Thermometers Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Mercury-Containing Items Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Motor Oil Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Needles & Syringes For commercial hazardous waste information, call the City's hazardous waste contractor (Clean Harbors) at 800-433-5060.,Must be in a rigid container with a sealed lid.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Paid Drop-off
  • Safe Disposal
Paint - Interior & Exterior - New/Unopened Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Paint - Interior & Exterior - Used/Wet Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle
Thermostats Only 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per visit. Must be a Palo Alto resident, proof of residency is required.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Recycle

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