Household Hazardous Waste
Safely dispose of your household hazardous waste, keep your home toxic free!
Leftover household hazardous waste should never be thrown in the trash or recycling bin, flushed down the toilet, or dumped down the drain or storm sewer. Alameda County offers multiple free, convenient options for properly and safely disposing of these materials:
Important Service Change for Prescription Medication:
As of March 2019 we can no longer accept prescription medication at our Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward drop-off facilities. Prescription medication is accepted at the Fremont drop-off facility and over 70 drug stores, hospitals, and law enforcement sites throughout the County. For more information click here.
Common Hazardous Items:
Find out how to safely dispose of the common hazardous items listed below. Click on the icons for drop-off locations, instructions, and more information.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicines
We CAN NOT ACCEPT prescription medication at our Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward drop-off facilities. Prescription medication can be dropped off at the Fremont drop-off facility. Click for more details on where you can take your prescription and non-prescription medicines.
- Railroad Ties & Treated Wood (call Altamont Landfill at 925-455-7300)
- Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than Propane)
- Large Appliances (A/C, Refrigerators, Stoves, Washers, etc.)
- Construction and Demolition Waste
These are still considered hazardous waste and should not go in the trash. For information on how to properly dispose of these items, consult 800-606-6606.
These facilities accept a wide variety of wastes and offer the most comprehensive service in the county. Alameda County residents transporting wastes they generated in the course of living in and maintaining their place of residence can drop-off materials for free.
The Household Hazardous Waste program will host mobile one-day drop off events throughout the County. Alameda County residents transporting wastes they generated in the course of living in and maintaining their place of residence can drop-off materials for free.
Business Hazardous Waste
- Small Business Hazardous Waste Services
Hazardous waste disposal services for qualifying Alameda County small quantity generators.
- Drop-in Program for Businesses
There is a drop-in program for all Alameda County businesses that accepts: latex paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent lamps, and household batteries.
- Residential Landlord Services
Rental property owners can dispose of their tenant's hazardous waste for free.