Hazardous Waste

Many common products require special care for disposal and, by California law, are banned from the trash. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), household chemicals and paints are some of the items that must be specially disposed of. These items are not collected within the department, but Safety Services will dispose of unneeded hazardous chemicals and radioactive material from laboratories with no EH&S recharge (at least through June 30, 2017).

Check with your local waste management authority for disposal of household hazardous materials and/or contact Earth911 for information.


Hazardous Waste

  • CFLs
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Glue and Adhesives
  • Household cleaners
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Paint, oil, and latex
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Solvents
  • Syringes (containerized)
  • Unknown substances
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