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Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is "any hazardous waste generated incidental to owning or maintaining a place of residence. Household hazardous waste does not include any waste generated in the course of operating a business concern at a residence."

Hazardous wastes discarded from homes may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly. Many people don't realize it, but there are a lot of common household items that are considered hazardous. These include medications, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, lawn care products, pest control products, drain cleaners, pool care products such as chlorine and acids, and household cleaners. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined, such as ammonia and bleach.

You may take your household hazardous waste to any San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility FREE of charge. The closest collection facilities for Highland Residents are:


Will Accept: Motor Oil, Oil Filters, Auto & Household Batteries, Outdated Medications, Weed Killers, Cleaners, Gasoline, Antifreeze, Auto & Furniture Polish, Chemical Drain Cleaners, Pesticides & Fertilizers, Pool & Hobby Supplies, Wood Preservatives, Paints & Paint Products, Paint Thinner.

Will Not Accept: Business Waste, Radioactive Waste, Medical Waste (other than sharps), Explosives, Reactives or Asbestos.

Transportation Guidelines: Before transporting waste to a household hazardous waste collection facility, be sure that the amount of waste being transported does not exceed 15 gallons or 125 pounds, in containers no larger than 5 gallons. Container must be sound, not leaking and sealed.

For information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste, collection facilities, and hours of operation call (800) OILYCAT or visit http://www.sbcfire.org/hazmat/hhw.aspx.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Information for Small Businesses
If your organization produces small quantities of hazardous waste, San Bernardino County's Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program can be a responsible option for disposal. The program accepts material from organizations that generate 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste per month.

Businesses can have the waste material picked up for a fee by the program, or schedule an appointment to deliver it themselves to the program's main facility in San Bernardino. Disposal costs vary depending on the material. For information on disposal cost, to make an appointment or for general program questions please call (800) OILYCAT (800-645-9228) or visit http://www.sbcfire.org/hazmat/cesqg.aspx.

Note: Businesses and non-profits MUST dispose of their hazardous waste through the CESQG program. Their hazardous waste cannot be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.