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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 8am and 5pm, 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 9, 2016
January 23, 2016

February 6, 2016
February 20, 2016

March 5, 2016
March 19, 2016

April 9, 2016
April 23, 2016

May 7, 2016
May 21, 2016

June 11, 2016
June 25, 2016
  July 9, 2016
July 23, 2016

August 13, 2016
August 27, 2016

September 10, 2016
September 24, 2016

October 8, 2016
October 22, 2016

November 5, 2016
November 19, 2016

December 3, 2016
December 17, 2016


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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