Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are materials that require separate disposal to prevent harm to you and the environment. These corrosive, flammable or toxic materials can accumulate in your garage or yard and endanger you, your family and the environment. Remember to never pour leftover hazardous materials down the sink, toilet or storm drain, or put them in the garbage. You can properly dispose of all HHW for free by making a drop-off appointment or visiting a take-back location.

Make a Free Drop-Off Appointment
HHW permanent facilities are available to San Jose residents in San Jose and San Martin in addition to temporary drop-off events throughout the County of Santa Clara. Participation is by appointment only. Visit the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (408) 299-7300 to schedule a free drop-off appointment.

While you are limited to dropping off a maximum of 15 liquid gallons and 125 pounds of waste per appointment, you may make an unlimited number of appointments.  The Center for the Development of Recycling can also assist with questions around HHW and other items:  800-533-8414.

Curbside collection of used motor oil is available for residential homes, townhomes and mobile home parks. Find out how to arrange a used motor oil pickup.

Free Take-Back Locations

HHW Disposal for Small Businesses
Businesses that have small quantities of HHW may qualify to use the County’s Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator program. For more information on this program, please visit the County’s HHW website or call (800) 207-8222 to schedule a drop-off appointment. Appointment is required.

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