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Hazardous Materials

Many common household products contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans, animals and the environment. When such products are no longer needed they become "Household Hazardous Waste." Examples of HHW include paint, solvents, pesticides, house batteries, many cleaners, and auto care products. It is dangerous and illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the garbage, down the drain or on the ground.

The Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility on Dimeo Lane is now open on Saturdays only. 

Residential household hazardous waste can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Resource Recovery Facility on Dimeo Lane.

In partnership with the County of Santa Cruz, City residents may also call the Buena Vista Landfill at 831-454-2430 or 831-454-5154 or the Ben Lomond
Transfer Station at 831-454-2430 or 831-336-3951 for days and hours of operation or visit their Internet website at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off for free disposal information.

The following are examples of hazardous wastes that are accepted at HHW Drop-Off Sites:

Art and hobby supplies Aerosol cans (not empty) Antifreeze
Auto batteries Bag house or scrubber wastes Brake fluid
Degreasers Diesel Engine/Parts cleaners
Gasoline Herbicides and pesticides Household batteries
Household cleaners Outdated medicines Paints
Paint thinner Paint removers Photographic chemicals
Pool, hot tub and spa supplies Solvents Dead animals
(or contact the Animal Services
at 831-454-7303)

For a free brochure on safe HHW disposal call 831-420-5424.

For hazardous wastes that are not accepted (see partial listing below) at the County sites contact the County Environmental Health Department at 831-454-2022. Hazardous or Designated Wastes are described in CCR Titles 22 and 23 specifies Class I and Class II wastes.

The following is a partial list of hazardous items not accepted: 

  • Chemicals or chemical sludges which are toxic, corrosive, irritants or a strong sensitizer 
  • Infectious wastes 
  • Radioactive wastes 
  • Asbestos wastes 
  • Tank cleaning sludges or sediments 
  • Contaminated soils or sand 
  • Wastes containing free liquid exceeding State regulatory limits

If you wish to dispose of explosives or ammunition contact the City of Santa Cruz Police Department at

To find the best way to handle these items and many more visit:
What Do We Do with all this stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? [PDF]


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Last updated: 3/27/2014 4:23:13 PM