Industrial hazardous waste is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the products under your sink and in the garage are toxic and should not be released into the environment. Download our new (2015) Hazardous Waste Brochure.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes but is not limited to:
The most environmentally-friendly solution to HHW is to not produce it.
HHW must be brought to a disposal facility because it contains chemicals known to endanger both human health and the environment. Please do not pour dangerous products down the drain, where they will end up in the ocean, or on the ground, where they can poison the soil and contaminate the water table. Sewage and water treatment plants do not extract hazardous compounds and substances can migrate a long way underground. Water tables in remote regions often have a layer of petroleum on top, which can end up as our drinking water.
|Community Hazardous Waste @ UCSB||Downtown Recycling Center (ABOP)||County Transfer Station, aka "the Dump"||Local Businesses|
|Batteries - Household||Y||Y||Y||Battery List|
|Batteries - Vehicle||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Fluorescent Bulbs||Y||Y||$1 per 4 ft tube or CFL||Home Depot
(compact bulbs only)
|Paint - all types||Y||Y||Y||PaintCare stores|
|Motor Oil & Filters||Y||Y||N||Motor Oil List|
|Smoke Detectors (radioactive)||Y||N
(Please note that businesses have separate regulations and fees that apply to hazardous waste)
Currently, there is no curbside collection program for household hazardous wastes, however, all of the disposal and recycling facilities listed below are free to residents unless otherwise indicated. Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials per month; read the regulation. If you are unable to transport items, ask a friend, neighbor, or member to include your wastes when they bring their own. If you live in a retirement home, ask the management what HHW collection program they have. Information about the items accepted at the dropoff centers is located below the chart in the next sections.