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Household Hazardous Waste

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Reminder: the following service is for City of Escondido residents only

 • If you live outside the City of Escondido, call 1-877-713-2784 for County of San Diego Residents Hazardous Household Waste hotline.

Hazardous waste in my home?

There are many types of hazardous waste in the average home. Items such as batteries, paint, drain cleaners and bleach can hurt our environment if not disposed of properly.

How can I reduce household hazardous waste (HHW) in my home?

USE IT UP! If you use all of a product with hazardous ingredients in accordance with label directions, there is no HHW to manage. Containers that once held a hazardous product are not considered HHW if they are completely empty. If you can't use it up, see if someone else can use the remaining product.

Where can I dispose of HHW?

For your convenience, we operate a household hazardous waste facility located at 1044 West Washington Avenue in Escondido.

This facility is open on an appointment-only basis, two Saturdays per month, to City of Escondido residents only. Please call (760) 745-3203 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday – Friday to find out the available dates and schedule an appointment. This will ensure that we efficiently process and serve our customers. When you arrive for your appointment, use the center express lane and follow it all the way to the back of our facility. Do not stop at scales. For more information please call (760) 745-3203.

The Escondido hazardous waste disposal facility is open these Saturdays by appointment only:

January 7, 2017
January 21, 2017

February 11, 2017
February 25, 2017

March 11, 2017
March 25, 2017

April 8, 2017
April 22, 2017

May 6, 2017
May 20, 2017

June 10, 2017
June 24, 2017
  July 8, 2017
July 22, 2017

August 12, 2017
August 26, 2017

September 9, 2017
September 23, 2017

October 7, 2017
October 21, 2017

November 4, 2017
November 18, 2017

December 2, 2017
December 16, 2017


Paint may not be placed out for curbside collection or disposed of in a bin/container meant for solid waste. FREE paint recycling is available at drop-off sites throughout California. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Below is a link where you can find a drop-off site near you and view hours and restrictions. 

>>Find a PaintCare drop-off location 

Prescription Drugs 

Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet, put them in the drains or throw them away with the trash. Always make sure to keep medication out of reach of children and pets. Unused, unwanted, and expired medications can be taken to a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location and turned in anonymously in a secure collection drop-box.

When disposing of medication, make sure to remove all labels with personal information and recycle the containers at home. Place unneeded pills into a plastic container or zip lock bag.

>>Find a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location

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