Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous wastes are any materials discarded from homes that may cause a human or environmental hazard when disposed of improperly. These wastes can cause serious threats to humans, wildlife and the environment and are illegal to toss in any of your carts.

DROP OFF
Residents may drop off accepted items at the Humboldt Waste Management Authority Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Eureka. To contact the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, please call: (707) 441-2005 or (707) 268-8680.

Household Hazardous Waste items may include:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive
  • Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Chlorine
  • Cooking oil
  • Drain cleaner
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Floor stripper
  • Fluorescent lamps
  • Garden chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Household batteries
  • Household cleaners
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Insect sprays
  • Mercury Waste
  • Motor oil
  • Oily rags
  • Paint products
  • Paint stripper
  • Paint thinner
  • Polishes
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pressurized cylinders
  • Printer/toner cartridges
  • Rust remover
  • Sharps in Containers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermometers
  • Tile cleaners
  • Tile remover
  • Transmission fluid
  • Used oil filters
  • Waxes
  • Weed killers
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Wood preservative

med

When medications are disposed of in the trash or down the drain, they can find their way into our waterways and negatively impact frogs, fish and other aquatic life.

Drop off
Please ensure that labels are removed before dropping them off at any of the locations listed here.

sharps

All sharps waste must be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets that are used for medical purposes

Drop off
Place home-generated sharps waste in biohazard containers. Biohazard containers are available for purchase at local pharmacies and some office supply stores. Contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals or clinics to ask if they offer a collection program.

Please visit the Humboldt Waste Management Authority for more sharps disposal options.

Mail-Back Service:
Visit CalRecycle for a list of companies that are authorized to provide sharps waste mail-back services in California.