Household Hazardous Waste Facility
San Francisco Residents & Small Businesses
It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash, down storm drains or onto the ground.
The household hazardous waste facility is available to residents and small businesses who generate a small quantity of hazardous waste. We accept:
- Recycled paint
- Needles and syringes
- Expired medications and
- Cooking oil
Location & Hours
The dump is located at 501 Tunnel Avenue in San Francisco.
Disposal hours for San Francisco residents:
8 AM-4 PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. For more information, San Francisco residents can call (415) 330-1405.
Disposal for Small Businesses:
Twice monthly on Wednesdays. Businesses, please call (415) 330-1425 for exact dates.
We are closed on holidays, the day after Thanksgiving and December 26.
Can't make it to our facility? Check out our Household Hazardous Waste Pickup Program!
Come and Get It!
Take an extra bucket or two if you are not sure how much you need. You can always bring back what you do not use.
Household Hazardous Waste Advisory
Please be careful! Do not mix different chemicals together. Make sure no containers are leaking.
Do not bring empty containers!
You may put empty aerosol spray cans and empty latex (acrylic or water based) paint cans into your recycle collection bin. All nozzles, caps and lids MUST BE REMOVED from cans and placed separately into the recycle collection bin. Put all other types of empty household hazardous waste containers into your trash collection bin for disposal (follow disposal instructions on the container's label) - do not try to recycle these containers.
Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste
|Latex Paint||Use a drop off site in your neighborhood if you have five or less gallons of paint to recycle. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.|
|Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs||Use a drop off site in your neighborhood if you have five or less fluorescent light bulbs and/or tubes to recycle. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.|
|Household Batteries||Locate a drop off site in your neighborhood if all you have to recycle is batteries. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.
Please visit out Battery Recycling Program page for information about our apartment bucket collection and residential pick-up programs.
|Oil Paint and Other Finishes||Stains, lacquer, shellac and urethane.|
|Solvents and Thinners||Paint thinner, acetone, brush cleaner and mineral spirits.|
|Used Motor Oil and Auto Products||Auto Batteries, brake and transmission fluids, car wax. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.|
|Fuels||Gasoline, kerosene, camping fuel, butane and propane (small tanks).|
|Cleaning Solutions||Ammonia, bleach, TSP, all purpose cleaners, metal polishes.|
|Pesticides and Other Garden Chemicals||Fertilizer, weed killer and sulfur.|
|Roofing Tar and Adhesives||Glue, caulk, solvent-based cement and silicone.|
|Lithium Batteries||Please put tape on the terminals/ends to prevent fires.|
|Photo-Chemicals||Photo-fix, developer and etching acids.|
|Aerosols||Spray paint and oven cleaners.|
|Asbestos||Please see our asbestos page for acceptance limits and bagging instructions.|
|Used Cooking Oil||Please read our used cooking oil page for information on how to recycle cooking oil.|
|Mercury-containing Thermometers||Thermostats and switches|
Unacceptable Household Hazardous Waste
Items We Do Not Accept
|Why We Do Not Accept Them|
Ammunition: Bullets, gun powder, shotgun shells - surrender to a police station along with guns.
Marine Flares or Fireworks
Gas Tanks/Cylinders: We do not accept tanks larger than 20 pounds (a typical barbecue tank is 20 pounds).
Unknown Items: Unlabeled containers.
Large Drums: We do not accept waste in containers larger than 5 gallons.
These are unacceptable because our permit prohibits us from accepting them.
Small propane tanks are accepted at all Cole Hardware Stores. For a complete list of drop off sites, visit SFEnvironment.org.
Water Reactive Chemicals: Calcium carbide or sodium metal.
Cyanide: We do not accept cyanides of any type.
Picric Acid: Call 911 immediately if you realize that you have this chemical in your home. It is extremely explosive and can blow up from simply handling it.
Di-ethyl Ether: Call 911 immediately if you realize that you have this chemical in your home. This chemical comes in a metal bottle. If it has white crystals around the bottle stopper, it can explode.
These chemicals are rarely found in a home. If you have them, it is probably because someone brought them home from an industrial site or job.
Medications: Do not put pills in toilet or drains.
Smoke Detectors: Please dispose of smoke detectors in the trash.
|The City has an alternative option for safe disposal. Visit our Expired Medications page for more information.|
The Household Hazardous Waste flyer contains information about our facility and the items we accept for disposal.
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