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Household Hazardous Waste

Used Rechargeable Batteries - Search by ZIP code for the rechargeable battery recycling collection site in your area.

Used Single Use Batteries - Search by county for facilities and businesses that accept single use batteries.

Universal Wastes (including fluorescent lamps (CFLs)) - CalRecycle's Electronic Recycling Locator for locations to recycle near you.

Free Fluorescent Lamp Drop-off Locations for Residents in : Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara

Note: All Home Depot and IKEA stores will take back and recycle your CFLs free of charge (the picture on the right was taken at an IKEA store).

Used Motor Oil - CalRecycle's Used Motor Oil Recycling Program locator of recycling centers in your neighborhood.

DTSC's Take It-Back Program - Dept. of Toxic Substances Control has a convenient way to recycle batteries and lamps for businesses and individuals.

Medical Waste
- Find information on CIWMB's website on how to properly dispose of
many types of medical waste in your homes, including pharmaceuticals
and other personal care products such as medical sharps and mercury


  • CalRecycle Recyclers Database  Be sure to call recycler before dropping off oil-based and latex paint. Some recyclers only take certain brands/types of paint.
  • Some latex paint can be donated or reused. Check with local
    charities, schools, and youth programs, such as the Boy Scouts or
    Girl Scouts. Paint can be used to decorate props for a play, add
    color to a play room, or coat shelves.