Burbank Sanitary District - Special Waste Handling

Did you know that many electronic and household products contain hazardous materials?
 

Items such as electronics, medications, batteries and household cleaning products cannot be thrown away with your regular garbage because they are considered hazardous and require special handling. Below you will find information for general inquiries about household hazardous waste as well as specific information on some of the more common items that you may have questions about. 

General Information on Household Hazardous Waste

Visit hhw.org or call 408.299.7300 for Santa Clara County
Visit santacruzcountyrecycles.org or call 650.655.6202 for Santa Cruz County
Visit smhealth.org/hhw or call 831.454.2606 for San Mateo County
Visit mrwmd.org or call 831.384.5313 for Monterey County


Battery Recycling

Household and automotive batteries contain toxic materials which means they must be kept out of landfills and are illegal to dispose of in your curbside garbage collection. Here is how to safely dispose of them.

Household Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, etc.)
In many cases you can drop off your single-use or rechargeable batteries for recycling at many convenient retail locations.

Automotive Batteries
Your local auto parts store may take old car batteries back with no charge. Please contact your local store or call your county’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program office for additional information on automotive battery disposal.

For more info on household battery and automotive battery recycling in your area, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  l  San Mateo CountyMonterey County


Fluorescent Bulbs

In an effort to become more efficient with our energy use, many people are now purchasing compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs for household use. Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, a highly toxic substance. Therefore, they cannot be placed in your garbage, but they can be recycled. You may be able to drop-off your CFLs and fluorescent tubes at participating retailers.

For more info on Fluorescent Bulb disposal in your area, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  l  San Mateo County  l  Monterey County


Used Motor Oil & Filters

Did you know that motor oil never goes bad? It just gets dirty and can be cleaned and recycled for use again. This not only helps to reduce our dependence on oil, but also helps keep it out of our ground water, soil and streams. To recycle used motor oil and filters at curbside, call Customer Service to request an oil jug and filter bag at no additional cost. You may also drop-off your used motor oil and oil filters at participating auto parts/supply stores.

For more info on Used Motor Oil and Filter disposal in your area, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  l  San Mateo County  Monterey County


E-Waste

Did you know that is illegal to place unwanted or broken electronic items in your curbside garbage in California? There are variety of ways to deal with these items. If they still work think about donating them. If they are broken, there are a number of places that will take them back and recycle them in safe manner, usually for no charge.

For more info on e-Waste recycling in your area, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  l  San Mateo County  l  Monterey County


Paint

Much like other products found in your cupboards, paint cannot be placed in your curbside recycling or garbage containers. Oil based paints are considered hazardous and must be taken to your local HHW location. Latex paint can be recycled and many paint stores are now taking latex based paints back for recycling. For curbside collection of latex paint, please remove excess paint, let the residue dry and place it inside your recyclables container for collection.

For more info on paint recycling in your area, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  San Mateo County  l  Monterey County


Medication & Sharps

Starting September 1, 2008 a new state law went into effect that made it illegal to dispose of sharps in garbage or recycling containers. Items such as hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets must be placed in an approved sharps container for transportation to a disposal location. Approved containers can generally be found at your local drug store for purchase. This not only helps our environment, but also the health and safety of everyone. In addition to sharps, expired and unwanted medications can pose a serious threat to our streams and wildlife. More and more cities are offering convenient drop off for unwanted medications. 

For more info about medication and sharps disposal in your area, click on the link below:
SHARPS  l  MEDS : Santa Clara County
SHARPS  l  MEDS : Santa Cruz County
SHARPS  l  MEDS : San Mateo County
SHARPS  l  MEDS : Monterey County


Hazardous Household Products

Many household products like cleansers, solvents and pesticides contain substances that are considered hazardous due to their effects on the environment. Once these products are no longer of use, they need to be disposed of properly or they can pose a serious threat to people, pets and the environment. Many local jurisdictions now offer free drop off of these products so they can be properly disposed of.

For more info on household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal, click on the link below:
Santa Clara County  l  Santa Cruz County  San Mateo County  l  Monterey County

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If you live in this service area, please click on the Services Offered link at the top of the page to see other collection and recycling/disposal options that may be available.

 

 

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