Household Hazardous Waste
Submitted by simonk on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 11:03.
Door-to-Door HHW Program
For Residents in Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City, East Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, San Carlos, City of San Mateo, Unincorporated San Mateo County* & West Bay Sanitary District
Properly and safely managing residential Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and other items such as fluorescent lamps, computers and sharps is now as easy as picking up the phone or sending and email. Residents in Belmont, Burlingame (as of Feb. 1, 2013), Foster City, East Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, San Carlos, city of San Mateo, Unincorporated San Mateo County* and the West Bay Sanitary District just need to follow this easy three-step process and At Your Door Special Collection (contracted by RethinkWaste, formerly known as Curbside Inc.) will conveniently collect from your home your HHW and other eligible items that cannot be disposed of in your garbage or recycled in your curbside recycling program.
This program is for all residents (single-family, condos, townhomes and apartments) of the communities listed above. Residents do not need to pay a separate fee for using the Door-to-Door program, the costs are already included in your garbage bills. Residents may schedule as many appointments as needed.
*Unincorporated San Mateo County neighborhoods included in the program: Burlingame Hills, San Mateo Highlands and Baywood Park (Crystal Springs area), Harbor Industrial, Devonshire Canyon, Palomar Park, Oak Knoll, Kensington Square, Emerald Lake Hills, Sequoia Tract and Trailer Ranchero and North Fair Oaks (area of CSA-8)
Steps for Door-to-Door Pickup
Call At Your Door Special Collection at 800-HHW-PKUP (800-449-7587) or email email@example.com and explain the type and quantity of waste you wish to have picked up from your home. A collection appointment will be scheduled at this time.
At Your Door will then send you a Collection Kit within a few days, which includes an instruction sheet, plastic bag for your materials, labels for the items and a tie for the bag.
Follow the Kit instructions to properly prepare your materials. Use the provided labels to ensure items are clearly marked. Containers must have lids, and be of 5-gallon capacity or less. Some items must be placed separately next to the bag. Set out your items for collection by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day near your home as directed.
The following list of materials CAN be collected through the Door-to-Door program:
- Paint & Painting Supplies
- Automotive Parts
- Fluorescent Lights, Tubes & CFLs
- Computer Monitors, Laptops, Computers
- Cell Phones
- Consumer Electronics
- Cleaning Products
- Non-Empty Aerosol Cans
- Sharps (Sharps only mail back option also available for a fee)
What's NOT Accepted
The following list of items will NOT be collected through the Door-to-Door program:
- Biological Waste
- Leaking Containers
- Large Appliances
- Commercial Chemicals (for business use)
- Radioactive Materials
- Fire Extinguishers
- Containers over 5 gallons
- Household Garbage
For more information and details, please click the link for the HHW Materials Instruction Sheet.
Old medications should not be flushed away, poured down the drain or thrown in the garbage. Many local police stations have drop-off containers for old medications and prescription. Click here for a list of locations to drop them off.
County HHW Program
For Residents in Atherton & Redwood City
The words “hazardous waste” may conjure images in your mind of toxic green slime oozing out of huge industrial barrels. But did you know you probably have hazardous waste in your own home? Most households do. In fact, most families use about 60 toxic products! Common items like cans of leftover paint, dead batteries, cans of ant and roach spray, used motor oil, and weed killer can pollute the soil and water—and harm your trash collector—if you throw them in the garbage.
Visit the San Mateo County Department of Environmental Health or call (650) 372-6200 to find out about safe, convenient and free disposal options.
The County HHW program is available to all San Mateo County residents, including those that are participating in the Door-to-Door HHW Program.
list of locations to drop them off.
Very Small Quantity Generator Program - Businesses
Some businesses generate very little hazardous waste and may be eligible to participate in the County's Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program. The Program is designed to provide an inexpensive hazardous waste disposal option for those companies, non-profits and other entities contracting with a commercial hazardous waste management firm. The Program operates by appointment only.
To find out if you qualify for the VSQG program, visit the VSQG Program site.
California Paint Stewardship Program
In addition to the Door-to-Door HHW collection program, the County's HHW program, and free drop-off of latex paint at the Shoreway Environmental Center, residents have one more new way to recycle old paint. The PaintCare program is an industry sponsored paint stewardship, non-profit program launched in October 2012.
Residents may recycle latex and oil-based paint at these locations in the RethinkWaste service area.
Please call ahead to confirm, and to determine if the location has limits on the amount they will accept, especially if you have more than 5 gallons of paint.
- Kelly Moore, 201 Old County Road, Belmont, (650) 620-9438
- Sherwin-Williams, 1525 Rollins Road, Burlingame, (650) 697-2595
- Kelly Moore, 1391 Woodside Road, Ste 100, Redwood City, (650) 701-0137
- Kelly Moore, 1075 Commercial Street, San Carlos, (650) 595-1654
- Dunn-Edwards, 3580 El Camino Real, San Mateo, (650) 638-0294
- Kelly Moore, 616 South B Street, San Mateo, (650) 348-6956
- Sherwin-Williams, 2240 El Camino Real, San Mateo, (650) 212-2575
Visit RecycleWorks or PaintCare for more information on the program.