Dispose of Your Toxic Products Responsibly

Dispose of Your Toxic Products Responsibly.

 

Even the greenest households use some toxic or other hazardous products on a regular basis. You also may have old paint or chemical products left by others which you won't use. Computers, electronics, fluorescent lamps, and household batteries can be hazardous when outdated or dead. 

If these products end up in the landfill or are poured down the drain they can can leach toxic chemicals and heavy metals into the soil and groundwater. Workers can be injured during collection or sorting when toxic and other hazardous products  are compacted in collection equipment. Old containers of household chemicals can deteriorate and leak, causing dangerous fumes and fires when stored inside your house or polluting rain water runoff when stored outside.

The following programs are available to make it easy for San Francisco residents to dispose of toxic products responsibly.

Neighborhood Drop-off Sites

Use RecycleWhere to find convenient drop off locations near you for the following items:

Home Pick-up Service

Use San Francisco's convenient Home Pick-up Service to safely recycle or dispose of all toxic or hazardous products except medicines.

  • Oil-based paints, finishes, solvents and strippers
  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Automotive products
  • Fuels
  • Glues & adhesives
  • Photo chemicals
  • Non-empty aerosols
  • Mercury thermometers

Call Recology at (415) 330-1405 to schedule a Free Home Pick-up from your San Francisco residence.  Appointments are available on Saturdays. You must be present at the time of pick-up.

Permanent Collection Facility

All toxic and hazardous products from your home, except medicines, are accepted at San Francisco's Permanent Collection Facility. 

San Francisco Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
501 Tunnel Rd. (at The Dump)
8 A.M. - 4 P.M.  - Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

There is a limit of 15 gallons OR 125 pounds of home toxics or other hazardous waste per day. This limit is based on transportation restrictions enforced by the California Highway Patrol. The permanent facility is reserved for San Francisco residents only. You will need to provide proof of San Francisco residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill. 

  • Be sure to pack your household chemicals in a sturdy box and transport them in your trunk or truck bed outside of your breathing zone.
  • Put each leaking or damaged container in a separate box, plastic tub, or zip-lock bag. 

Get more information on the San Francisco Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.


Additional Information

Empty Containers

What should you do with an empty household chemical container? It is NOT hazardous waste if it is empty and 5 gallons or smaller. Household chemical containers which are 5 gallons or smaller in size and are empty and dry can be safely and legally handled in collection equipment. 

  • Empty aerosol paint cans and empty latex (acrylic or water-based) paint cans may be placed in your blue bin. ALL nozzles, caps and lids MUST BE REMOVED and placed separately into the recycle collection bin. 
  • Put all other types of empty hazardous waste containers into your black cart for disposal - do not try to recycle these containers. 

Avoiding Waste

To avoid the worry of how to store and dispose of household hazardous waste:

  • Buy only what you need.
  • Share unused products or half full containers with your friends or neighbors.
  • Use up the products you purchase.

Additional Resources

Learn what happens to recycled paint.