Household hazardous waste are items that contain chemicals that can contaminate our soil, drinking water, and air if disposed of improperly. It is illegal to put items such as electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints, pesticides, cleaning products and expired medicines into the garbage or down a drain or gutter. There are a variety of options you can choose from to dispose of your household hazardous waste safely and properly:
The Shoreway Public Recycling Center accepts limited types of household hazardous waste from residents ONLY. These include:
- Latex and Oil-Based Paint (up to 10 gallons)
- Fluorescent Lights and Tubes (limit: six tubes under 6 ft.)
- Batteries – household and automotive
- Electronic Waste
- Used Oil and Oil Filters (up to 15 gallons)
- Used Motor Antifreeze (up to 10 gallons)
San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
For San Mateo County residents only.
San Mateo County’s HHW Program helps residents recycle their residential hazardous waste properly for free! County residents must make an appointment to drop-off a full range of HHW at the permanent collection facility year-around Thursdays-Saturdays (except major holiday weekends) or at temporary collection events in select cities annually.
Residents can make an appointment by visiting the County’s website at www.smchealth.org/hhw or by calling (650) 363-4718 (select option 3).
Businesses may contact San Mateo County’s Very Small Quantity Generator Program for more information on business hazardous waste disposal by calling (650) 372-6200 or at www.smchealth.org/vsqg
For more specific locations on where to take back items mentioned above, visit www.RecycleStuff.org.
Drop Off PROGRAMS
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
E-waste contains a variety of toxic components like lead, cadmium and mercury. When dumped in a landfill, these materials can contaminate the soil and ground water, thus impacting surrounding areas. Computers, monitors, printers, laptops, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, and stereos are types of e-waste that do not belong in any of your three carts or bins.
The Shoreway Public Recycling Center accepts e-waste at no cost.
Select retailers take back used or oil latex and oil-based paint at no charge through the PaintCare Program. PaintCare is an industry funded paint stewardship program where residents can drop off paint at numerous paint locations in San Mateo County.
Visit PaintCare.org for more program information, what is accepted and current list of drop-off locations.
When unused or expired medicines are disposed of in the trash or down the drain or end up in the wrong hands, they can harm our soil and local waterways. This is why in 2015, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed the Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance requiring medicine manufacturers to design, develop and fund a medicine collection program.
There are now over 50 locations in San Mateo County that accept unwanted and expired medicines, including local pharmacies and police stations. Visit Med-Project to find locations near you.