Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste

California hazardous waste rules ban residents from throwing most consumer electronics, batteries, and mercury-containing products in their trash cans.  Called “universal waste;” these items contain harmful chemicals which, if disposed of improperly, may be harmful to people and the environment.

Options for Proper Disposal


The Santa Clara countywide Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program has provided residents with a safe, convenient disposal service with year-round access.  Site addresses and directions to the facilities are only made available to residents at time-of-appointment to prevent unauthorized drop-offs and to ensure safe collection by professional staff.  Visit the HHW Program website here for more information or use the above button to book an appointment today.

For additional information please call the HHW program at 408-299-7300. They can be contacted by email or by fax at 408-280-6479.

*Days, times, and appointment requirements are subject to change due to the Public Health Order. Please call the number below to confirm drop off availability to schedule an appointment*

West Valley Collection & Recycling (WVC&R) accepts e-waste and universal waste drop-offs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WVC&R Free Drop-Off Site and Schedule
575 Charles St., San Jose, CA
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

For more information on acceptable items click here or call customer service at (408) 283-9250.