Household Hazardous Waste  

Many common products we use in our homes or at work contain hazardous components.  Such products include cleaners, leftover paints, car products, batteries, pesticides, etc.  The used or leftover contents of such consumer products are known as household hazardous waste (HHW).  These products may contaminate the environment when poured on the soil, down a household or storm drain, or dumped in the garbage.  It's harmful to our environment and, in most cases, illegal to put these materials into the trash or down the drain. 

HHW includes materials like:

               Toxics- Household Hazardous Waste

The Alameda County Environmental Health Department currently operates three drop-off facilities for household hazardous wastes.  The facilities, located in Hayward, Livermore and Oakland, are free to all Alameda County residents on a limited drop-in and/or appointment basis.

Please visit or call them at 1-800-606-6606 for hours of operation and specific household hazardous waste they will accept.

Universal Waste

Universal wastes (UW) is a category of household hazardous wastes that are generated by a wide variety of people.  Examples include batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury containing devices like old thermometers and thermostats, and eletronic waste (e-waste) such as cell phones, computer, and computer monitors.  These wastes are hazardous upon disposal but pose lower risk to people and the environment than other household hazardous wastes. The Universal Waste Rule, which has been in effect since February 8, 2002, is intended to promote recycling as well as proper disposal by easing certain regulatory requirements.  

Table of Universal Waste recycling locations within Berkeley: 

 UW Recycling Locations

You may download the TMD Universal Waste Flyer here.

For tips on reducing household hazardous waste, visit U.S. EPA at

For environmentally friendly household products, visit U.S. EPA at and Alameda County at

For more UW recycling options outside of Berkeley, visit the California Integrated Waste Management Board database.