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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.

 

COVID-19 Rules for HHW Drop-off

The Alameda County HHW facilities in Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward have reopened. Click on the links in the table below to make an appointment. For your safety and the safety of our staff, please observe the following rules while dropping off your household hazardous waste:

Stay in your vehicle.

It is state law and part of our COVID-19 protection plan. Items must be in an unlocked trunk or back cargo space. Staff will not open passenger doors or enter vehicle cabin.

Face masks are mandatory.

The driver and all passengers must wear a mask during HHW drop-off.
 

Have your driver's license ready.

We will scan your license to verify Alameda County residency.
 

For a list of all requirements and more information about HHW drop-off, click here.

 
  • Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 9:00am

    Albany HHW One-Day Event
    Albany, CA 94710

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 9:00am

    Marine Flare Collection Event
    Oakland, CA 94606

Free Drop-Off Facilities

Oakland

Drop-off by appointment only:  Wed. - Sat.

Make Appointment for Oakland

 

Hayward

Drop-off by appointment only:  Thurs. - Sat.

Make Appointment for Hayward

Livermore

Drop-off by appointment only:  Thurs. - Sat.

Make Appointment for Livermore

Fremont

Open for drop-off, no appointment needed:

  • Wed-Fri: 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
  • Sat: 8 AM-4 PM

 

 


 

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.

 

 

Prohibited Items:

  • Explosives
  • Radioactives
  • 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
  • Asbestos

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.


Free Drop-Off Facilities

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste program offers a free residential drop-off service at our facilities in Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, and Livermore.

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.

Program Details & Drop-Off Instructions


One-Day Events

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.

One-Day Event Details & Drop-Off Instructions

 


 

Business Hazardous Waste