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Household Hazardous Waste

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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 residents to properly and safely disposing of these materials. Click on the links in the table below to make an appointment. This service is for residents of Alameda County only.

Upcoming One-Day Drop-Off Events

  • Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 10:00am

    Marine Flare Collection Event
    Oakland, CA 94606

Residential HHW Drop-off Service


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



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

Make Appointment for Hayward


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

Make Appointment for Livermore


Open for drop-off, no appointment needed:
  • Wed-Fri: 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
  • Sat: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM


Common Hazardous Items:

Click on the icons below for instructions, more information, and drop-off options for these materials that are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste facilities.  

Medicine and Prescription Drugs 

We CAN NOT ACCEPT Medicine and Prescription Drugs at our Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward drop-off facilities. These items can be dropped off at the Fremont HHW drop-off facility or at over 80 pharmacies and clinics that have self-service kiosks.

Find drop-off locations 


Prohibited Items:

These are still considered hazardous waste and should not go in the trash.  For information on how to properly dispose of these items, call 800-606-6606.

Free Drop-Off Facilities

Drop off your household hazardous waste for free at four locations in Alameda County: Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, and Livermore.

Program Details & Drop-Off Instructions

One-Day Events

Gather old electronics, medicine, garden chemicals, paint, and other hazardous items and safely dispose of them for free at a One-Day Event. 

One-Day Events

Business Hazardous Waste

Small Business Hazardous Waste Service

Hazardous waste disposal service for qualifying Very Small Quantity Generators. Create an account and make an appointment.

Business Drop-in Service 

A drop-in service for all Alameda County businesses that accepts: latex paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent lamps, and household batteries. Businesses do not have to set up an account or make an appointment to participate. Learn more and see the schedule.

Residential Landlord Service

Residential landlords can dispose of their tenant's hazardous waste for free. Create an account and make an appointment