How to Bring Items to Our HHW Facility

Planning to bring items to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility? Here’s how to have a safe trip.

HHW Packing
Pack your items carefully before transporting them to the facility.

Are you planning to bring paint, batteries, bleach, cleansers, motor oil, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs or other items to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility? First, think about that word, “hazardous.” Now think about the interior of your vehicle. Think about you being inside the vehicle with something hazardous… driving on roads shared by people who might be distracted.

Frightened? Don’t be! The last thing we want to do is scare you away from using our facility!

But we DO want you to be careful about how you pack and transport the items you bring. Check out this video, and/or read the tips below.

Here’s how to SAFELY transport household hazardous waste to our facility:

NOTE: State regulations limit the transportation of hazardous waste to 15 gallons or 125 pounds per trip, and individual containers are limited to 5-gallon capacity.

• Get a cardboard box (or plastic bin) sturdy enough to support the weight of the contents. Reinforce the bottom of the cardboard box with tape.

• Line the box with a plastic garbage bag (to catch spills). Fold the flaps of the box inward, place the bag inside the box, and drape it over the sides. Do NOT close the bag (our staff need to easily see what’s inside).

• Make sure all items you’ll be bringing to the facility have tightly closed lids. NEVER transport open containers!

• Keep items in their original packaging, if possible – especially with easily breakable items like fluorescent light bulbs. If you don’t have the original packaging for fluorescent bulbs or tubes, wrap a rubber band around them to keep them from rolling around in your vehicle.

• If an item is leaking, seal it within a Ziploc-style plastic bag.

• Place the items inside the lined box.

• Pack mercury-containing items (fever thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs) carefully and keep them separate from other items that might break them if jostled.

• Put the box in your trunk or truck bed – never inside the passenger cabin. Secure the box to prevent movement.

• Drive to the facility and let our friendly staff remove your items while you remain comfortable inside your vehicle.

It really is worth the effort. Bringing your household hazardous waste to our facility helps to keep harmful materials out of our local waters and landfills.

There is no drop-off fee and no appointment necessary for residents of central Contra Costa County. Small businesses require an appointment and are charged a nominal fee.

Please call  1-800-646-1431 or view our Household Hazardous Waste Facility page for more information.

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