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Household Hazardous Waste

Published on: 3/20/2015 2:11 PM

Hazardous substances are common in many household products. They can be found throughout the home, garage, garden, and hobby shop as ingredients in such products as cleaners, paints, and pesticides. Once these products are no longer needed, the unused portion is considered household hazardous waste (HHW). Improper storage and disposal of HHW can pose a risk to human health and the environment. Proper management of these wastes requires special handling and disposal.

Protect your family, pets, and the environment by disposing of your hazardous products properly! It's easy and convenient for all residents of Santa Clara County. Here are the programs to contact for advice, assistance, or to make arrangements to dispose of HHW:

All Santa Clara County residents (except residents of the City of Palo Alto)  - Telephone: 408-299-7300

Palo Alto Residents only  - Telephone: 650-496-6980

Choose products carefully to reduce the amount of HHW you generate. These two references can help:

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Safer Alternatives To Hazardous Household Products

Common Sense Pest Control:

For more information about safer ways to control household pests go to​​​