Household and Garden Hazardous Waste
The Solid Waste Division delivers affordable, efficient, environmentally sound integrated waste management services - disposal services, recycling, special waste recycling, household hazardous waste management, and waste oil collection - to businesses and residents throughout San Joaquin County.
How Do I Recycle or Properly Dispose of: Choose an item from the drop-down list. A guide for recycling and disposal options for various materials in San Joaquin.
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Household cleaners can contain chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, and sometimes flammable.
Aside from choosing water-based paint over solvent-based paint, or using elbow grease rather than paint stripper. Hazardous auto and paint products in general, have few known alternatives. However, some of these products such as latex paint, motor oil, anti-freeze, and auto batteries can be recycled.
- Enamel or oil-based paint
- Latex or water-based paint
- Furniture stripper
- Paint stripper
- Rust prevention products
- Thinner, solvent, and turpentine
- Wood preservative
- Motor oil
- Auto and motorcycle batteries
- Car wax
- Engine cleaner and degreaser
- Gasoline and diesel fuel
- Auto paint and primer
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
Most households also employ a variety of hazardous products in their yards, especially their garden areas. Less-toxic alternatives are available for many of the fertilizers and pesticides listed below. Check out our BUGS (Beneficial Urban Garden Strategies) book for extensive less-toxic or natural remedies and tips for garden pests and weeds.
- Chemical fertilizer
- Herbicide and weed killer
- Insecticide or bug killer
- Flea collars, sprays, and bombs
- Rodent poisons
- Roach and ant killers
- Snail and slug bait
- Artist and model paint
- Firearm cleaning solvent
- Photographic chemicals
- Solvent-based glue
- Pool chemicals, including disinfectants and PH balancing chemicals