Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous waste or HHW. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.
Orange County residents can dispose of their Household Hazardous Waste items for FREE at any of the County's four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. Please note, the OC Hazardous Waste Collection Centers are not permitted to accept waste from businesses, churches, schools, non-profit organizations or government agencies, or from residents outside of Orange County. Additional HHW services may be available through your city. Contact your city's recycling coordinator to find out other ways to dispose of your HHW items in your community.
Please click here for more information regarding Household Hazardous Waste, including a list of common items you can take to your local collection center. For information regarding proper recycling of smoke detectors/alarms, please check the resources here.
The County of Orange Household Hazardous Waste Program will ensure that your device is properly managed for disposal and/or recycling per State regulations. Please be advised, the County of Orange is NOT RESPONSIBLE for the security of personal or private information contained on electronic devices or hard drives. If you have concerns regarding the final disposition of this data, please take the necessary measures to secure or erase this data from the device prior to dropping off at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
(closed on major holidays and during rainy weather)
To confirm centers are open during rain events, call 714-834-4000
1071 N. Blue Gum Street
17121 Nichols Street
6411 Oak Canyon
San Juan Capistrano
32250 La Pata Avenue
For your safety, please observe the following regulations in preparing for your visit:
A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip (Department of Transportation Requirement). It is illegal to exceed these limits.
Containers larger than five gallons will not be accepted.
Containers will NOT be returned, except for oil containers, upon request.
Materials should be in original containers (except motor oil, fuels and antifreeze).
All containers must have lids, be sturdy, non-leaking, labeled and protected from breakage.
Do not combine different types of waste.
Do not mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
Empty containers with lids removed can be discarded in trash.
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