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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)



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.

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

ATTENTION: Place HHW in a plastic bin or box lined with a plastic trash can liner. This will keep them from tipping or leaking.  As you pack your container, do not mix solids with liquids. (Containers will not be returned)

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. Please bring proof of residency with you.  

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.


Latex & oil-based paints
NO Latex or oil based paint greater than 15 gallons per visit.  Visit PaintCare's take back program for additional locations
Motor oil, oil filters, & antifreeze
limit - 5 gallons per visit
NO Motor oil greater than 5 gallons per visit.  Visit CalRecycle's oil take back program for additional locations.
Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
limit - 25 tubes/bulbs per visit
NO Medicines or sharps.  Visit Med-Project to safely dispose of medicines and sharps.
Cleaning products
NO Reactive wastes
Solvents & flammable liquids
NO Radioactive materials
Emergency road flares NO Explosives or ammunition (includes marines flares)
Non-empty aerosols
NO Compressed gas cylinders over 1 lb
Automotive products
Pesticides and herbicides
Pool, hot tub, & spa chemicals
Photo chemicals
Thermometers & other mercury-containing devices

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.

Buena Vista Location

1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Santa Cruz County Landfill
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Ben Lomond Location 

(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Rd)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Santa Cruz County
Transfer Station
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

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

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-2160

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