Toxic household materials like motor oil and oil filters, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries are too hazardous to throw in the trash. Once in a landfill, they can contaminate ground water and pollute our creeks, channels, bays and the ocean.

Take your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of Orange County's four convenient collection centers. You can also recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the County, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.

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Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Locations
Used Oil Recycling

DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Orange County has one of the most extensive and efficient household hazardous waste collection programs in Southern California. With four permanent collection facilities open five days a week, including Saturdays, and offering fast drive-up and drop-off service, a quick and convenient way to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste is right around the corner. Just follow these directions.

  • A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip.
  • Materials should be in original continers, except motor oil, fuels and antifreeze.
  • Place your items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original, labeled containers. All containers should have lids, not leak and be protected from breakage.
  • Do not combine types of waste, or mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
  • If you want a container returned, like oil containers and boxes or crates used to transport materials, please notify the collection attendant in advance. Some containers may not be returnable.

Accepted Materials

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
Paint products
Batteries (home & car)
Personal care products
Cosmetics
Pesticides
Herbicides
Polishes and waxes
Hobby supplies
Pool and spa chemicals
Household cleaners
Propane barbecues tanks
Fuels
Unused road flares
Medicines
Wood preservatives
Paints (latex & oil)

Unacceptable Materials

Ammunition
Explosives
Asbestos
Radioactive materials
Biological materials
Compressed gas cylinders
Business-generated materials

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COLLECTION LOCATIONS - http://oclandfills.com/hazardous

The following locations are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for rainy days and major holidays, including 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Services are free of charge and proof of residency (Orange County residents only) is required.

For more information about Orange County's household hazardous waste collection program, and the Stop & Swap, call (714) 834-6752 or visit the Orange County landfills website at http://oclandfills.com/hazardous.

Anaheim

Stop and Swap Location
1071 N. Blue Gum Street
Between the 91 and 57 Freeways on the corner of La Palma and Blue Gum.

The Stop and Swap is a unique and free program that allows you to drop off household, yard, and car care products you no longer need and pick up others you can use.

Huntington Beach

17121 Nichols Street
Between Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street, off Warner Avenue at Rainbow Recycling and Disposal. Use Gate 6.

Irvine

Stop and Swap Location
6411 Oak Canyon
Between the 5 and 405 freeways, next to the City Corporate Yard and Animal Shelter.

San Juan Capistrano

Prima Descha Landfill
From the 55 Freeway, Exit Ortega highway, go east to La Pata and turn right.

For more informationabout Orange County's household hazardous waste collection program, and the Stop & Swap, call (714) 834-6752.

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USED OIL RECYCLING

You can recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the County, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.

CLICK HERE to go to the California Integrated Waste Management Board's web site, where you can get a list of used oil collection centers in your city just by entering your zip code.

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