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Household and Garden Hazardous Waste


Household and Garden Hazardous Waste  What to do with it?

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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Examples of Household Hazardous Waste

In the Home

Household cleaners can contain chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, and sometimes flammable.

  • Abrasive cleanser
  • Scouring powder
  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Bleach-based cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Drain opener
  • Glass cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Rug and upholstery cleaner
  • Spot Remover
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Silver polish


  • Aerosol spray cans
    • air freshener
    • hair spray
    • bug killer
  • Batteries
  • Medicines
  • Syringes (sharps), in sealed, heavy plastic
    or metal containers
  • Floor polish
  • Furniture polish
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Shoe polish


In the Garage

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.

Paint products can contain chemicals that are toxic and flammable.

  • Enamel or oil-based paint
  • Latex or water-based paint
  • Furniture stripper
  • Paint stripper
  • Rust prevention products
  • Stain
  • Varnish
  • Thinner, solvent, and turpentine
  • Wood preservative

Automotive products can contain chemicals that are toxic, corrosive, and flammable.

  • Anti-freeze
  • Motor oil
  • Auto and motorcycle batteries
  • Car wax
  • Engine cleaner and degreaser
  • Gasoline and diesel fuel
  • Kerosene
  • Auto paint and primer
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid

In and Around the Yard

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.

Pesticide and garden products can contain chemicals that are toxic and sometimes flammable.

  • Chemical fertilizer
  • Fungicide
  • Herbicide and weed killer
  • Insecticide or bug killer
  • Flea collars, sprays, and bombs
  • Rodent poisons
  • Roach and ant killers
  • Snail and slug bait

Pool and hobby products can contain chemicals that are Toxic, Explosive, and Corrosive.

  • Artist and model paint
  • Firearm cleaning solvent
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Solvent-based glue
  • Pool chemicals, including disinfectants and PH balancing chemicals