Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

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 per 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?

We operate a household hazardous waste facility located at 1044 West Washington Avenue in Escondido for your convenience.

This facility is open on an appointment-only basis, two Saturdays per month. 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. 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 another area away from passengers and pets

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

January 6, 2024
January 20, 2024

February 10, 2024
February 24, 2024

March 9, 2024
March 23, 2024

April 6, 2024
April 20, 2024

May 4, 2024
May 18, 2024

June 8, 2024
June 22, 2024

July 6, 2024
July 20, 2024

August 3, 2024
August 17, 2024

September 7, 2024
September 21, 2024

October 12, 2024
October 26, 2024

November 9, 2024
November 23, 2024

December 7, 2024
December 21, 2024

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 schedule an appointment.


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. They are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Below is a link to 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. They are considered hazardous waste when discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries are reported.

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 disposal facility when crushed.

Escondido residents may drop off batteries free of charge at our Customer Service office or 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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