HHW- Residential FAQs


This area has FREE materials that have been dropped off by other facility visitors that are in good condition and can still be used, including:

  • Free recycled paint in five gallon buckets
  • Household cleaners
  • Pesticides & Fertilizers
  • Stains
  • Automotive Supplies
  • Pet Supplies

Also pick up additional information on less toxic cleaners and how to buy paint and not end up with gallons of leftovers. Check it out!

Businesses that generate less than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month can participate in the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program.  Fees for disposal of business reflect our costs to dispose of these materials.  The program is by appointment only.  For more information call 888-412-9277.

Try these tips for a less-toxic household!

  • Buy only the amount of paint and cleaners you need.
  • Use up materials for the purpose they were intended.
  • Buy latex paint instead of oil based paint. It is easier to cleanup and easier to recycle.
  • Buy non-toxic or the least toxic product that will do the job.
  • Read the label! Avoid products that are marked "dangerous" since they are usually the most toxic.

For information on other HHW collection facilities contact the Contra Costa County Recycling Hotline800-750-4096.

In El Cerrito you can drop off your household batteries and car batteries at the El Cerrito Recycling Center at the end ofSchmidt Lane.  Call the El Cerrito Recycling Center at 510-215-4350 for more information. 

Hi-Tec Recycling, located at 631 So. 31st St in Richmond accepts any quantity of electronic waste including copy & fax machines, appliances including stoves and refrigerators, washers and dryers, manufacturing machinery and other large industrial equipment.  

Call 800-981-9019 to learn about the pick-up service.

Many auto parts stores accept used motor and car batteries for recycling.  Call the store nearest you to ask what and when they accept materials.