Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste, including electronic waste, accounts for significant amounts of toxic waste in landfills. Items such as electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, paints, pesticides, cleaning products, old medications and other chemicals are illegal to put in the garbage or pour down a drain or gutter because they contaminate our soil, drinking water and air.

We do not currently accept hazardous waste of any kind. These items may not be placed in ANY Recology Los Angeles container or cart.

If you have hazardous waste to dispose of, you may find a drop off location here: http://search.earth911.com/. For questions regarding specific items you do not see on this list, please call our Waste Zero Manager, Melissa Heitz at 818-504-1429 or by email.

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
  • Glues
  • 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

* Full or partially-full aerosol containers cannot be recycled because they are under pressure and may pose a hazard to solid waste workers and others. The best bet with aerosols is to completely use up the contents of the can, including the propellant. If this cannot be safely done, the product should be disposed at your local household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site.