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X-rays are coated with silver which is a heavy metal that is recoverable. Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers accept X-Rays, as long as they are not from a commercial business. Centers are open to County residents Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except major holidays and rain events).

Collection Center Locations:

Anaheim Collection Center

1071 N. Blue Gum Street

Huntington Beach Collection Center

17121 Nichols Street

Irvine Collection Center

6411 Oak Canyon

San Juan Capistrano Collection Center 

32250 Avenida La Pata 


  • Contact your local hospital to see if you can return your old x-rays
  • Find a company who you will purchase your x-rays; the silver found in them is recoverable


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