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Common Hazardous Materials

Accepted Items:

These materials are accepted at the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities. Click for details, drop-off instructions, and alternative drop-off options such as neighborhood hardware stores. For a list of materials accepted at One-Day Events, click here.




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:

  • Treated Wood Waste including Railroad Ties, click for more information
  • Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicines
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than Propane)
  • Large Appliances (A/C, Refrigerators, Stoves, Washers, etc.)
  • Construction and Demolition Waste
  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
  • Radioactives

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.