Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are items that pose a health or environmental threat when not disposed of properly. It's illegal to put HHW as paint, pesticides, batteries, e-waste (electronic waste), and fluorescent bulbs in the garbage, sink, toilet, or storm drains. Electronic waste (e-waste) is any electronic device that is no longer in use. It is illegal to dispose of electronic wastes in the garbage because they contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. View the Republic Services Comprehensive Recycling Guide for more information.
For more information on acceptable items, visit RecycleMore's HHW Material Database Tool. It is illegal to transfer more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of Hazardous waste per vehicle. Find out about how to safely handle, transport and dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes. 
  1. Residents
  2. Small Businesses
  3. Large Businesses
Richmond residents can dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) conveniently and for free at the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Richmond on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The El Cerrito Recycling Center is open on Tuesdays for Household Hazardous Waste disposal. Please bring proof of residency.

West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

101 Pittsburg Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Open Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Closed Noon - 12:30 pm)
(888) 412-9277

El Cerrito Recycling Center

7501 Schmidt Lane,
El Cerrito, CA 9530
Open every Tuesday from 8:00 am - 5:45 pm 
(510) 215-4350
  1. HHW Mobile Collection
  2. Sharps and Medicines
  3. Used Motor Oil and Filters
  4. Drop Box
Free HHW and e-waste pickup services are available for persons of age 60 or older and persons with disabilities through the West Contra Costa County HHW mobile collection program (Informacion sobre la recogida movil). Call 1-888-412-9277 for an appointment and eligibility details.