The Household Hazardous Waste flyer contains information about our facility and the items we accept for disposal.
This flyer is available in the following languages:
You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
to view these files.
|Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste|
||Use a drop off site in your neighborhood if you have five or less gallons of paint to recycle. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.
|Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs
||Use a drop off site in your neighborhood if you have five or less fluorescent light bulbs and/or tubes to recycle. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.|
||Locate a drop off site in your neighborhood if all you have to recycle is batteries. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit
Please visit out Battery Recycling Program page for information about our apartment bucket collection and residential pick-up programs.
|Oil Paint and Other Finishes
||Stains, lacquer, shellac and urethane.|
|Solvents and Thinners
||Paint thinner, acetone, brush cleaner and mineral spirits.|
|Used Motor Oil and Auto Products
||Auto Batteries, brake and transmission fluids, car wax. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit
||Gasoline, kerosene, camping fuel, butane and propane (small tanks).|
||Ammonia, bleach, TSP, all purpose cleaners, metal polishes.|
|Pesticides and Other Garden Chemicals
||Fertilizer, weed killer and sulfur.|
|Roofing Tar and Adhesives
||Glue, caulk, solvent-based cement and silicone.|
||Please put tape on the terminals/ends to prevent fires.|
||Photo-fix, developer and etching acids.|
||Spray paint and oven cleaners.|
||Please see our asbestos page for acceptance limits and bagging instructions.|
|Used Cooking Oil
||Please read our used cooking oil page for information on how to recycle cooking oil.|
||Thermostats and switches|
|Unacceptable Household Hazardous Waste|
|Items We Do Not Accept
||Why We Do Not Accept Them
- Ammunition: Bullets, gun powder, shotgun shells - surrender to a police station along with guns.
- Marine Flares or Fireworks
- Gas Tanks/Cylinders: We do not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
- Unknown Items: Unlabeled containers.
- Large Drums: We do not accept waste in containers larger than 5 gallons.
- Radioactive Materials
These are unacceptable because our permit prohibits us from accepting them.
Small propane tanks are accepted at all Cole Hardware Stores. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit
- Water Reactive Chemicals: Calcium carbide or sodium metal.
- Cyanide: We do not accept cyanides of any type
- Picric Acid: Call 911 immediately if you realize that you have this chemical in your home.
It is extremely explosive and can blow up from simply handling it.
- Di-ethyl Ether: Call 911 immediately if you realize that you have this chemical in your home.
This chemical comes in a "metal bottle, if it has white crystals around the stopper, it can explode.
These chemicals are rarely found in a home.
If you have them, it is probably because someone brought them home from an industrial site or job.
- Medications: Do not put pills in toilet or drains.
- Smoke Detectors: Please dispose of smoke detectors in the trash.
The City has an alternative option for safe disposal. Visit our Expired Medications page for more information.