Household Hazardous Waste
It is illegal to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) through the automated residential collection program. Please use one of the following choices for options to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste. For a schedule and a list of the Riverside County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers (PDF).
Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about CR&R's HHW program.
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Examples of Household Hazardous Waste
- Batteries - auto, single use, and rechargeable
- Drain openers
- Electronic wastes
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Household cleaners
- Nail Polish
- Paints - oil and latex
- Propane cylinders / tanks
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Used oil
- Used oil filters
However, anything else that is labeled with the following is considered to be a household hazardous waste:
- Corrosive- eats through metal or human tissue, such as an acid
- Oven, drain, and toilet bowl cleaners and auto batteries are common corrosive products
- Flammable- burns easily
- Paint, thinners, and other solvents and auto products are the most common flammable home products
- Oxidizer - sour tasting compound that releases hydrogen ions to form a solution with a pH of less than seven, reacts with a base to form a salt, and turns blue litmus red
- Toxic- poisonous or causes long-term illness, such as cancer
- Pesticides, paint thinners, many auto products, and some cleaners are toxic
You can also call CR&R (1-800-755-8112) for rates and information about disposing the following types of household hazardous waste:
Electronic Waste- TV's, computers, cell phones, land line phones, printers, toasters, irons, VCR's, DVD's, CD players, stereos and other similar electronic devices. Quantity- Up to five items per household per calendar year. (no cost)
Antifreeze, oil and oil filters- Clean/Non contaminated antifreeze, clean/non contaminated motor oil, automotive oil filters. Quantity- Up to two gallons of antifreeze and/or motor oil per household per month. Up to two oil filters per household per month. (rates and conditions apply)
Universal Waste- Common household batteries and fluorescent tubes and bulbs. (rates and conditions apply)
Sharps- Syringes and needles. (rates and conditions apply)
Tires- Automobile tires will be limited to four (4) tires per collection request and will be counted as a Bulky Item Pick Up.
Certified Used Oil Collection Centers
CalRecycle encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collections centers throughout the state. Certified used oil collection centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you 40 cents a gallon. Most centers will take up to five gallons at a time.