Hazardous Waste

Toxic household materials like motor oil/oil filters, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries are too hazardous to throw in the trash. Once in a landfill, they can contaminate ground water and pollute our creeks, channels, bays and the ocean.

Take your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of Orange County's 4 convenient collection centers. You can also recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the County, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.

Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
Orange County has one of the most extensive and efficient household hazardous waste collection programs in Southern California. Facilities open 5 days a week, including Saturdays, and offering fast drive-up and drop-off service, a quick and convenient way to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste is right around the corner. Just follow these directions:
  • A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip.
  • Materials should be in original containers, except motor oil, fuels and antifreeze.
  • Place your items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original, labeled containers. All containers should have lids, not leak and be protected from breakage.
  • Do not combine types of waste, or mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
  • If you want a container returned, like oil containers and boxes or crates used to transport materials, please notify the collection attendant in advance. Some containers may not be returnable.
Accepted Materials
  • Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
  • Batteries (home and car)
  • Cosmetics
  • Fuels
  • Herbicides
  • Hobby supplies
  • Household cleaners
  • Medicines
  • Paint products

  • Paints (latex and oil)
  • Personal care products
  • Pesticides
  • Polishes and waxes
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Propane barbecues tanks
  • Unused road flares
  • Wood preservatives
Unacceptable Materials
  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Biological materials
  • Business-generated materials

  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive materials
Collection Location
The following location is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for rainy days and major holidays, including 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Anaheim Stop & Swap Location
  • 1071 N Blue Gum Street
  • Between the 91 and 57 Freeways on the corner of La Palma and Blue Gum
The Stop and Swap is a unique and free program that allows you to drop off household, yard, and car care products you no longer need and pick up others you can use.

For more information about Orange County's household hazardous waste collection program, and the Stop and Swap, call 714-834-6752.