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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Many common household products are legally defined as hazardous. These materials can pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment when improperly used or disposed. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program provides the only proper way to dispose of hazardous products when they are no longer wanted.

In case of an emergency caused by the improper use of household chemicals, call 911.

CAUTION: Household hazardous waste must be transported with extreme care in labeled, sturdy, leak-proof containers.

TRANSPORTATION LIMITS: State law limits the amount you can transport to 15 gallons liquid or 125 pounds solid hazardous material per vehicle trip.

HHW Facilities are open FREE OF CHARGE to residents of the unincorporated county of Santa Cruz and the cities of Scotts Valley, Capitola and Santa Cruz. This program is not available to City of Watsonville residents - call (831) 768-3133 for information.

The Santa Cruz County Household Hazardous Waste Program is sponsored by the County of Santa Cruz and the cities of Scotts Valley, Capitola and Santa Cruz.

  • What to Bring

  • Fluorescent Tubes & Bulbs
  • Paint & Stains
  • Solvents, Degreasers & Cleaners
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Aerosols
  • Art & Hobby Supplies
  • Outdated Medicines
  • Oil Filters
  • Hypodermic Needles and Other Medical Sharps
    (transported in a red sharps container)
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Pool, Hot Tub & Spa Chemicals,
  • Thermometers and Other Mercury-containing Devices
  • Road and Boat Flares
  • What NOT to Bring

  • NO Containers Over 5 Gallons
  • NO Compressed Gas Cylinders Over 1 lb.
  • NO Explosives or Ammunition
  • NO Infectious Wastes
  • NO Radioactive Materials
  • NO Reactive Wastes
  • NO Waste Oil, Batteries, Antifreeze
    (take to disposal site recycling center)

For information on proper disposal of hazardous items not accepted at the HHW Facilities, please contact County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Services at 454-2022.

Recycling and Solid Waste

Main Contact
(831) 454-2160

Household Hazardous Waste
Information Line

(831) 454-2606

HHW Locations and Hours

HHW Facility
Buena Vista Landfill

Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(1 Mile South of Highway 1)
1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility
Ben Lomond Transfer Station

Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Road)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility
City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility

Open every Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm
(3 miles north of Santa Cruz city limits off Hwy 1)
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270