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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.

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
  • Auto Fluids
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • 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 12, 2019
January 26, 2019

February 9, 2019
February 23, 2019

March 9, 2019
March 23, 2019

April 13, 2019
April 27, 2019

May 4, 2019
May 18, 2019

June 8, 2019
June 22, 2019
  July 13, 2019
July 27, 2019

August 10, 2019
August 24, 2019

September 7, 2019
September 21, 2019

October 5, 2019
October 19, 2019

November 2, 2019
November 16, 2019

December 7, 2019
December 28, 2019

Please 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




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