Hazardous waste, including electronic waste, accounts for significant amounts of toxic waste in landfills. It is illegal to place hazardous waste in the trash or down a drain or gutter because they contaminate our soil, drinking water, and air. Hazardous Waste includes items such as electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints, pesticides, cleaning products, old medications, needles, and other chemicals.
To schedule an appointment for drop-off, please contact the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste program or call the appointment line at: 408.299.7300. Household Hazardous Waste drop-offs are by appointment only.
Curbside Battery Collection
Residents with single-family curbside service can place household batteries (e.g. rechargeable, alkaline, button) inside a tightly sealed plastic bag, which can be placed on the lid of your closed recycling cart on collection day. Remember to tape the end of all loose batteries!
Multi-Family Battery Collection
Check to see if your community has a designated area for battery collection. If you don’t see one in a shared location, contact your property manager to request a collection.
All multi-family property managers can request a battery bucket from Recology Customer Service. Battery buckets are to be kept in a centrally-located are (such as a lobby, multi-use room, mailroom, or clubhouse) for residents to place their bagged batteries or cell phones. When you’re ready to schedule a collection, call Customer Service to schedule an appointment.
For safety, please tape over the contact points of each lithium battery. Look for “Lithium” or “Li” (most button and rechargeable batteries).
When medications are disposed of in the trash or down the drain, they can end up in the wrong hands, or in our soils and waterways. Wastewater treatment facilities are not properly equipped to remove medicinal substances from the water. The result? A wide range of pharmaceuticals has been found in our rivers and lakes.
Confidential drop-off containers are often available at local police departments. Click here for the full list of locations.
Residents with medical conditions requiring the use of hypodermic needles are required to arrange for proper disposal. California law prohibits the disposal of “sharps waste” in trash or recycling containers.
Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for medical purposes.
Please contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals, or clinics to ask if they offer a collection program.
Before drop-off, place home-generated sharps waste in biohazard containers. Biohazard containers are available for purchase at local pharmacies and some office supply stores. Visit Flows to Bay for more information on sharps drop-off locations.
Check out CalRecycle’s sharps waste mail-back services.
Poison Control Center
California Poison Action Line
ASPCA (Animal Poison Control Hotline)