Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

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.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic chemicals used around the home. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive are considered hazardous.

Household Hazardous Waste Includes Leftover:

  • Aerosol
  • Lighter Fluid
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Used Oil/Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Auto Batteries
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Auto Fluids
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Drain Openers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Gasoline (w/containers)
  • Solvents
  • Furniture Polish
  • Electronic Waste

The facility will NOT accept business waste, tires, explosives, radioactive material, or medical waste!

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 to 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.

  • Do not transport more than the legal limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW
  • All container labels must be legible (no worn-off labels)
  • All containers must be sealed and not leaking
  • Do not mix different products into one container
  • HHW must be transported in the trunk of the car or in another area away from passengers and pets

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

January 11, 2020
January 25, 2020

February 8, 2020
February 22, 2020

March 7, 2020
March 21, 2020

April 4, 2020
April 18, 2020

May 2, 2020
May 16, 2020

June 6, 2020
June 20, 2020

July 11, 2020
July 25, 2020

August 8, 2020
August 22, 2020

September 12, 2020
September 26, 2020

October 10, 2020
October 24, 2020

November 7, 2020
November 21, 2020

December 5, 2020
December 19, 2020

 

Book a Timeslot Online or call (760) 745-3203 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to find out the available dates and to schedule an appointment.

Paint

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

Lithium Ion Batteries and Electronic Waste

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are commonly found in cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, household electronics or power tools and are considered hazardous waste when they are discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents are being reported involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries.

All batteries and electronic waste must be properly recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or event, and NEVER placed in trash or recycling carts!

Batteries and most electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. Even when batteries have reached their end-life, they still hold a small charge. If batteries are not discarded properly, they can potentially explode and cause a fire in a collection cart, truck or in a disposal facility when crushed.

Escondido residents may drop off batteries free of charge at our Customer Service office or at a household hazardous waste collection event at the Escondido HHW Facility by appointment only. See schedule above.

Watch a Short Animated Video on Battery Safety from the Avoid the Spark Campaign

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