Household Toxics Disposal

Your trash matters! The mercury in just a few batteries, CFLs and old thermometers can contaminate millions of gallons of Bay water. These items and others, like medicines, electronics (e-waste), and motor oil cannot legally go in your trash or recycling bin, but there are places to recycle them near you.
 
Recycling and Disposal of Household Toxics

Find your local collection facilities and participating retailers. Search by city or zip code and the item you need to recycle.

Region-wide: www.Earth911.org
San Francisco: www.sfenvironment.org
East Bay: www.stopwaste.org
San Mateo County: www.recycleworks.org
Santa Clara County: www.recyclestuff.org

Ongoing Disposal Locations
Pharmaceuticals | Mercury Thermometers | E-Waste | Batteries

Pharmaceuticals

Click here for full listing of Bay Area sites that accept old medications for disposal.

Mercury Thermometer Exchange Locations
Bring your mercury thermometer sealed in two ziplock bags for safe transport, and receive a free digital thermometer in exchange.

Daly City: North San Mateo County Sanitation District (Daly City residents only)

153 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City, CA

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

650-991-8203

 

Fremont: City of Fremont Development Services Center/Environmental Services

39550 Liberty St., 2nd Floor, Fremont, CA 94537

Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

(510) 494-4693

 

Livermore: City of Livermore Water Reclamation Plant

101 W. Jack London Blvd., Livermore, CA

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

925-960-8100

 

Millbrae: City of Millbrae Public Works Department

621 Magnolia Ave., Millbrae, CA 94030

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

650-259-2397

 

Newark: City of Newark Fire Administrative Office

6170 Thornton Ave., Newark, CA 94560

510-790-7254

 

Palo Alto: Regional Water Quality Control Plant

2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, CA

Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm

650-329-2598

 

Pleasanton: DSRSD Wastewater Treatment Facility

7399 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton, CA

By appointment only: call Erik Kuefner, 925-875-2335

 

Pleasanton City Hall (Utility Billing Counter)

200 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

925-931-5427

 

Pleasanton: Operations Service Center (Administration Building)

3333 Busch Rd., Pleasanton, CA

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

925-931-5500

 

San Francisco: Department of the Environment

11 Grove St., San Francisco, CA

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

415-355-3700

 

San Francisco: Hazardous Waste Facility

501 Tunnel Ave., San Francisco, CA

Thursday-Saturday 8am-4pm

415-330-1400

 

San Jose: City College Health Services

2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA

Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm and 5pm-8pm

 

Union City: Union Sanitary District (Front Lobby)

5072 Benson Rd., Union City, CA 94587

510-477-7500

 

 

E-Waste – Free Disposal Locations

Check with each event organizer to ensure they can accept your items.

Berkeley: Weekly E-Waste Disposal Events (Every Wednesday)

Every Wednesday, 9am-3pm

Cal Overstock and Surplus Den

1000 Folger Ave.loading docks, Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by UC Berkeley Business Services: businessservices.berkeley.edu or 510 772-8397

 

Hayward: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday - Saturday, 9am–3pm

ACQ Office/Electronic Waste Management

27607 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, CA

Sponsored by ACQ Office/Electronic Waste Management: noEwaste.com or 866-335-3373.

 

Milpitas: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm

363 Fairview Way, Milpitas, CA

Sponsored by Blue Star Electronics: BSErecycling.com or 1-800-839-5762

 

Oakland: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday - Friday, 8am–4pm, and Saturday, 9am–3pm

Universal Waste Management

721 37th Ave., Oakland, CA

Sponsored by Universal Waste Management: unwaste.com or 1.888.832.9839

 

San Francisco: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Goodwill Computer/E-Waste Donation Station inside the store accepts computers, monitors, printers and cartridges, electronic devices, batteries, and more.

Waldeck's Office Supplies

500 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by Waldeck’s Office Supplies: waldecks.com or 415-981-3381

 

San Francisco: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

1165 Quesada Ave, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by Elmars Corporation: 877-DRWASTE (877-379-2783) or elmars.org

 

San Ramon: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

7 days a week, 9:30am-4:30pm

31 Beta Ct., Suite C, San Ramon, CA 94583

Sponsored by Recycle For Breast Cancer: recycleforbreastcancer.org or 925-735-7203

 

Santa Rosa: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm

3227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA

Sponsored by Computer Recycling Center: crc.org or 1-888-887-3372

 

Sunnyvale: Free, Ongoing E-Waste Disposal

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm

370 West Caribbean Dr., Sunnyvale, CA

Sponsored by Computer Recycling Center: crc.org or 1-888-887-33


Batteries

It’s now against the law to throw household batteries in the trash!

Regionwide
IKEA Stores accept household batteries and fluorescent light bulbs
For locations: http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/