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.

Hazardous waste can be one or more of the following: toxic, flammable, corrosive, and reactive (we encourage you to consider non-toxic alternatives for some of the products you use).

DROP OFF

Residents may drop off accepted items at the Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Facility Household Hazardous Waste Facility every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Due to US Department of Transportation regulations, the facility can only accept up to 15 gal. or 125 lbs. of hazardous material in 5 gallon containers or smaller per visit. Businesses may drop off hazardous waste at the facility by appointment only. Please call 1-800-207-8222 to schedule an appointment with the facility’s contractor.

You must provide photo id and proof of residency (driver’s license or a Recology bill).

Accepted items include:
      • Aerosol Cans
      • Antifreeze
      • Automotive batteries
      • Bleach
      • Brake fluid
      • Caulking
      • 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
      • Large propane (5 gal)
      • Small propane (1 lb)
      • Freon cylinders
      • Helium cylinders
      • Oxygen 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
Unaccepted items include:
      • Ammunition
      • Appliances
      • Asbestos
      • Commercial chemicals
      • Explosives
      • Medical waste
      • Medicine
      • Radioactive materials
      • Tires
      • Trash

Motor Oil

oil

Recovering oil is extremely important, since it clogs our City’s water systems and can pose a threat to piping.

Curbside
Oil jugs are provided to customers free of charge by Recology Vacaville Solano. Contact us to order your free jugs and filter bags.

Residential customers can place used motor oil next to their carts for pickup on collection day. Up to two gallons of used oil may be recycled every week. A new oil jug will be left at the curb for your next oil change.  Place these items next to your blue toter on collection day.


Medications

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
Drop off medications for safe handling at most police stations, Walgreens, and select pharmacies.

Sharps

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.

We also accept sharps in approved biohazard containers can at the Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Center on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals or clinics to ask if they offer a collection program.

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

Batteries

Batteries

Curbside Battery Collection
Put household batteries (e.g. rechargeable, alkaline, button) inside a tightly sealed plastic bag, and place on top of your closed landfill bin for collection on your regular service day.

Nickel-cadmium batteries must be labeled “nickel-cadmium” or “Ni-Cd”, with the phrase “BATTERY MUST BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF PROPERLY.”

Rechargeable consumer products containing non-removable Ni-Cd batteries must be labeled with the phrase “CONTAINS NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERY. BATTERY MUST BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF PROPERLY.”

Drop Off
Residents can also drop off  the Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Facility.

For safety, please tape over the contact points of each lithium battery. Look for “Lithium” or “Li” (most button and rechargeable batteries).