Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic chemicals used around the home. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, or Corrosive are considered hazardous.

Household Hazardous Waste Includes Leftover:

  • Aerosol
  • Lighter Fluid
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Used Oil/Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Auto Batteries
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Auto Fluids
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Drain Openers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Gasoline (w/containers)
  • Solvents
  • Furniture Polish
  • Electronic Waste

Free E-Waste Drop Off Locations

EDCO is excited to announce that residents now have a convenient place to drop off electronic waste free of charge. Proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) is becoming a major environmental concern. Computer monitors, hard drives/CPUs, scanners, keyboards, televisions, VCRs, radios, printers, fax machines, etc., all contain significant levels of lead that should not be put into the regular trash stream. You can drop off your e-waste free of charge at an EDCO facility near you. (during operating hours only) –Click here for locations.

Items Accepted Include:

  • Computer and Television Monitors
  • Central Processing Units (CPUs)
  • Laptop Computers
  • Miscellaneous Computer Components
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • VCRs
  • Radios
  • Cell Phones

Residents can also visit one of North County’s Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facilities below:

12325 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway
Located in the City of Poway Materials Handling Yard
Open Saturdays (except holiday weekends) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1145 East Taylor Street, Vista — across from the Vista Public Works yard
Open Saturdays (except holiday weekends) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents can also call (800) 714-1195 to arrange for home pick up of household hazardous waste for a nominal co-pay.

Del Mar Recycles Event

Twice a year, the City of Del Mar and EDCO host a free recycling event open to residents and businesses of Del Mar. This event is usually held in the fall and summer. Detailed information will be sent out prior to the events and will be posted on the city’s website and EDCO’s website under News & Events on the homepage. Material accepted for drop-off includes sensitive documents for shredding, used household batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, sharps, and non-controlled medications.


Paint may not be placed out for curbside collection or disposed of in a bin/container meant for solid waste. FREE paint recycling is available at drop-off sites throughout California. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Below is a link where you can find a drop-off site near you and view hours and restrictions.

Find a PaintCare drop-off location

Prescription Drugs

Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet, put them in the drains or throw them away with the trash. Always make sure to keep medication out of reach of children and pets. Unused, unwanted, and expired medications can be taken to a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location and turned in anonymously in a secure collection drop-box.

When disposing of medication, make sure to remove all labels with personal information and recycle the containers at home. Place unneeded pills into a plastic container or zip lock bag.

Find a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location

Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electronic Waste

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are commonly found in cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, household electronics or power tools and are considered hazardous waste when they are discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries are reported.

All batteries and electronic waste must be properly recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or event, and NEVER placed in trash or recycling carts!

Batteries and most electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. Even when batteries reach their end-life, they still hold a small charge. If batteries are not discarded properly, they can potentially explode and cause a fire in a collection cart, truck, or in a disposal facility when crushed.

For information on where residents can bring unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Waste items, including batteries, for safe and proper disposal please call 877-R-1-EARTH (877-713-2784) or visit

Del Mar residents can also place unwanted cell phones and household batteries in a clear plastic storage bag on top of their recycling cart for collection. Please remove any personal data from your phone before collection. Batteries accepted for collection included AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, alkaline, rechargeable, lithium and coin cells, and small button-size.

Watch a Short Animated Video on Battery Safety from the Avoid the Spark Campaign

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