Household Hazardous Waste

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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
(800) 714-1195

Poway HHW Collection Facility
12325 Crosthwaite Circle
(800) 714-1195

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.

Closed these holiday weekends:

  • Easter Weekend
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Independence Day Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Weekend

Free door-to-door collection services are available to residents 65 or older, or households possessing a registered placard for persons with disabilities. Please contact (800) 714-1195 to schedule an appointment.