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Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Recology San Francisco Household Hazardous WasteSan Francisco Residents & Small Businesses

emblem-importantIt 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:

The requirements and quantities for the acceptance of these materials vary for San Francisco residents and small businesses.

 


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.  

emblem-importantWe are closed on holidays, the day after Thanksgiving and December 26.

 

helpCan't make it to our facility? Check out our Household Hazardous Waste Pickup Program!

 

 


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Come and Get It!

We give away free recycled paint on a first come, first serve basis at the transfer station. You do not have to be a resident or business in San Francisco to 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

ATTENT03Please be careful! Do not mix different chemicals together. Make sure no containers are leaking.

 

 Do not bring empty containers!

 emblem-importantYou 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
Road Flares

Unacceptable Household Hazardous Waste

Items We Do Not Accept

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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.

Radioactive Materials

Permit Restrictions
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.

Very Dangerous
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.

Printable Documents

printer iconThe Household Hazardous Waste flyer contains information about our facility and the items we accept for disposal.

This flyer is available in the following languages:

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Other acceptable household hazardous wastes listed below