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Household Hazardous Waste

  • San Mateo County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
    For All San Mateo County Residents

    San Mateo County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program helps residents dispose/recycle their residential hazardous waste properly for free! County residents may make an appointment to drop off a full range of HHW at the permanent collection facility year-round every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (except major holiday weekends) or at collection events in select cities annually. List of 2018 collection event locations.

    Residents can make an appointment by visiting the County's website at www.smchealth.org/hhw or by calling (650) 363-4718 (select option 3).


    What's Accepted

    The following list of materials are ACCEPTED through San Mateo County's HHW Program:
    • Art and Hobby supplies (photo chemicals, glues, etc..)
    • Automotive Products (used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline, etc...
    • Batteries (car and household types)
    • Cosmetics (nail polish, nail polish remover, perfumes)
    • Fluorescent Lights (tubes & CFLs, limit 10 per appointment)
    • Gardening Chemicals (insecticides, herbicides, pesticides)
    • Household Cleaning Products (cleaners, polishes, etc..)
    • Mercury containing thermostats
    • Non-Empty Aerosol Cans (except food grade products)
    • Paint & Painting Supplies
    • Poisons
    • Pool or spa chemicals
    • Propane tanks and outdoor cooking fluids (5 gallon size or smaller)

    What's NOT Accepted

    The following list of items ARE NOT ACCEPTED through San Mateo County's HHW Program:
    • Ammunition, explosives, fireworks
    • Appliances
    • Asbestos
    • Construction and demolition debris
    • Cooking Oil
    • Electronic Waste (cell phones, computers, laptops, TVs)
    • Helium tanks
    • Medical, Biological, and Radioactive Waste
    • Medicines
    • Pressure Treated Wood
    • Sharps, Needles, Lancets
    • Tires
    • Leaking Containers
    • Containers over 5 gallons
    • Household Garbage
    • Business Waste



  • California Paint Stewardship Program

    PaintCare


    The PaintCare program is an industry sponsored paint stewardship, non-profit program launched in October 2012.

    Residents


    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.
    • Grays Paint & Wallpaper, 601 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, (650) 345-0800
    • Kelly Moore, 201 Old County Road, Belmont, (650) 620-9438
    • Grays Paint & Wallpaper, 783 California Drive, Burlingame, (650) 343-6535
    • Sherwin-Williams, 1525 Rollins Road, Burlingame, (650) 697-2595
    • Orchard Supply Hardware, 1010 Metro Center Boulevard, Foster City (650) 525-2100
    • Hassett Hardware, 282 Woodside Plaza, Redwood City, (650) 474-2223
    • Kelly Moore, 1391 Woodside Road, Redwood City, (650) 701-0137
    • Orchard Supply Hardware, 2110 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, (650) 365-7376
    • Kelly Moore, 1075 Commercial Street, San Carlos, (650) 595-1654
    • Orchard Supply Hardware, 360 Industrial Road, San Carlos, (650) 654-7824
    • PPG Paints, 476 Industrial Road, San Carlos, (650) 591-6656
    • Dunn-Edwards, 3580 El Camino Real, San Mateo, (650) 638-0294
    • Hassett Hardware, 545 First Avenue, San Mateo, (650) 348-1082
    • Kelly Moore, 616 South B Street, San Mateo, (650) 348-6956
    • Sherwin-Williams, 2240 El Camino Real, San Mateo, (650) 212-2575

    • Visit PaintCare for more information on the program.

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