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Household Hazardous Waste

Types of household hazardous waste:
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous waste or HHW. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.


OC residents can dispose of or recycle leftover Household Hazardous Waste items for FREE at any of the County's four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.  Please note, the centers are not permitted to accept waste from businesses, churches, schools, non-profit organizations or government agencies, or from residents outside of Orange County. Additional HHW services may be available through your city.  Contact your city's recycling coordinator to find out other ways to dispose of your HHW items in your community. Your local trash hauler may also have addition HHW services available.

Click here for detailed information regarding HHW, including a list of common items you can take to your local collection center.

Hours of Operation
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 
(closed on major holidays and during rainy weather)
To confirm centers are open during rain events, call 714-834-4000


Anaheim - 1071 N. Blue Gum St. 

Huntington Beach - 17121 Nichols St. 

Irvine - 6411 Oak Canyon 

San Juan Capistrano -  32250 Avenida La Pata


Businesses Hazardous Waste
Several facilities operate independently of the County and provide services for handling business hazardous waste. Check here for information.


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