Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

Reminder: the following service is for Escondido County residents only

  • If you live outside Escondido County, 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.

For information call 877-R-1-EARTH (877-713-2784).

Or utilize the Earth 911 recycling hotline to locate drop-off programs for hazardous and non-hazardous materials: 1-800-CLEANUP (800-253-2687) or www.earth911.org

Where Can I Dispose of HHW?

Escondido County residents may drop off household hazardous waste items (such as CRTs) free of charge at the Escondido hazardous waste facility by appointment only.

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

January 9, 2021
January 23, 2021

February 6, 2021
February 20, 2021

March 6, 2021
March 20, 2021

April 10, 2021
April 24, 2021

May 8, 2021
May 22, 2021

June 12, 2021
June 26, 2021

July 10, 2021
July 24, 2021

August 7, 2021
August 21, 2021

September 11, 2021
September 25, 2021

October 9, 2021
October 23, 2021

November 6, 2021
November 20, 2021

December 4, 2021
December 18, 2021

Book a timeslot online or call (760) 744-2700 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.

For information on where residents can bring unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Waste items, including batteries, for safe and proper disposal please call 877-R-1-EARTH (877-713-2784) or visit WasteFreeSD.org.

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

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