Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes a variety of materials that are typically ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic and have labels reading "caution," "warning," "danger," "poison," "toxic," "flammable," or "corrosive." HHW includes items such as paint, household cleaners, pool chemicals, automotive products and pesticides. These wastes must be properly disposed of and cannot be thrown away in household trash or poured down the sink.
Free HHW Disposal Locations
If disposed improperly, HHW can cause significant harm to people and the environment. San Marcos residents may properly dispose of household hazardous waste free of charge at the following Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facilities:
Vista HHW Collection Facility
1145 E. Taylor Street
Poway HHW Collection Facility
12325 Crosthwaite Circle
These facilities are open Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm with the exception of holiday weekends. Residents may visit these sites free of charge with proof of San Marcos residency; a formal ID or current utility bill is required. No appointment is needed. The HHW facilities also accept items like paint and batteries.
HHW Collection Facility Holiday Closures
November 24, 2018 (Thanksgiving)
April 20, 2019 (Easter)
May 25, 2019 (Memorial Day)
August 31, 2019 (Labor Day)
November 30, 2019 (Thanksgiving)
Free door-to-door collection services are available to residents 65 or older, or households possessing a registered disability placard. Please contact (800) 714-1195 to schedule an appointment.