Household Hazardous Waste


Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous materials and require special care when disposed of. It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage, down storm drains, or onto the ground.

Chemicals in illegally or improperly disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. 

Major goals of CalRecycle in this area include:

  • Provide the public with convenient collection locations for household hazardous waste.
  • Encourage efforts to use recyclable materials in products and design products to facilitate their recyclability.
  • Encourage producers to assume responsibility for “cradle-to-cradle” stewardship of their products and materials.

Grant Information

Grant awards are for costs to implement or expand household hazardous waste collection programs.

Annual Reporting

Each jurisdiction in California completes an annual report providing data on the amount of household hazardous waste collected by local programs and the methods for managing these waste streams.

Used Motor Oil

CalRecycle’s Used Oil Recycling Program promotes alternatives to illegal disposal and encourages the recycling of used oil.


Rapid advances in technology and demand for new features and upgrades led to an increase of wasted electronic devices, or e-waste.

Statutes and Regulations

Statutes can be retrieved from the Legislative Council’s website.

Household Hazardous Waste Statutes

Used Oil Statutes

Used Oil Regulations

For more information contact: Used Oil & Household Hazardous Waste,