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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste CANNOT be Placed in the Trash

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

The County of Orange has several Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers available to Orange County residents ONLY upon proof of residency. Household hazardous waste is not accepted from businesses, schools, government agencies, churches, and non-profit organizations. The centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collection centers are closed on rainy days, Christmas, Independence, New Years and Thanksgiving Days.

**During COVID-19, OC HHW Centers are still in operation. Please be advised to wear a face covering and practice social distancing at these centers **

Transporting Household Hazardous Waste

Caution should be used when transporting household hazardous waste to a collection center due to the potential for partial exposure to the waste. Observe the following guidelines:

  • A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be brought in per vehicle per visit
  • Household Hazardous Waste must be in its original container (except motor oil or antifreeze)
  • Containers will not be returned.
  • All containers must be sturdy, non-leaking, and protected from breakage.
  • Containers must have lids.
  • Do NOT mix or combine Household Hazardous Waste. (Exception: consolidate similar paints.)
  • Dry out empty cans and discard in regular trash
  • Do NOT mix oil base with latex paint.







Household Hazardous Waste Accepted

Universal Waste/E-Waste


Other Hazardous Items


Household Hazardous Waste NOT Accepted


How to Dispose Sharps safely & legally

In California, it is illegal to place containers of used sharps (needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets, connection needles) to household trash.  Please place them in a strong plastic containers like an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle, seal it with duct tape and label "DO NOT RECYCLE" and bring it to the Anaheim HHW Center located below.  This service is offered to OC residents at no charge.  For more information, visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/HomeHazWaste/sharps or safeneedledisposal.org.  

Fullerton waste contractor, Republic Services, offers "Sharps Disposal Mail-Back Kits" at extra charges.  To purchase, you can visit their website at www.republicsharps.com 

Collection Center Locations

For additional information call:

911 Household Hazardous Materials Emergencies

(714) 834-4000 Orange County Waste & Recycling HHW Center
(714) 433-6000 Health Care Agency Environmental Health
(916) 341-6199 California Integrated Waste Management Board Recycling Coordinator (SARC@calrecycle.ca.gov)
(800) 222-1222 Poison Control Hotline /2-1-1 OC

(800) 69-TOXIC Waste Alert to report illegal dumping

(800)-CLEANUP Recycling Center Search Earth911.com


Revised:  ‎6‎/‎1‎/‎2020