Residential hazardous waste

At-Your-Door service

Proper disposal of hazardous items such as aerosol cans (non-empty), automotive fluids, batteries, cleaners, fluorescents (compact and tubes), insecticides, paint, solvents, and thinner is easy with the At-Your-Door Hazardous Waste Collection Service available to homes and apartments. Follow these three steps:
  1. Call 800-HHW-PKUP or send an email.
  2. Receive your Collection Kit in the mail.
  3. Place items on the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the collection day.
No prescription drugs are accepted. Instead, take them to the local pharmaceutical drop box for proper disposal. View the Residential Pharmaceutical Disposal web page for more information.

Household hazardous waste drop-off options

The Public Recycling Center at the Shoreway Environmental Center provides a convenient opportunity to get rid of your unwanted household hazardous waste for free. You can drop off items such as batteries, florescent lighting tubes, cooking oil, latex paint, used motor oil, used oil filters, antifreeze, and electronics. You can view the complete list of items accepted on the Shoreway Environmental Center website.

Another free option available to residents to recycle paint is the EPR Program, called PaintCare. Residents can drop off paint at local paint drop-off locations like Kelly Moore in Redwood City, Kelly Moore in Palo Alto, and Orchard Supply Hardware in Redwood City. To find other locations near you, please visit the PaintCare website. Please call the site ahead of time to make sure they are able to accept your amount of paint. 


The County of San Mateo allows residents of Menlo Park to drop off household hazardous waste free of charge by appointment. You can make an appointment three ways:
  1. Set up an appointment online.
  2. Call the San Mateo County Environmental Health Desk at 650-372-6200.
  3. Leave a voicemail for the Household Hazardous Waste Program at 650-363-4718 and provide your city, date, time preference for drop-off, first and last name, mailing address and telephone number.

Once your appointment is set, the exact address and location of your appointment will be given to you. There is a limit of 10 gallons or 50 pounds per appointment. For more information please visit San Mateo County's household hazardous waste website.