Residential hazardous waste

Schedule a drop off appointment

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. Make 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.

Public recycling center

The public recycling center at the Shoreway Environmental Center (located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos) provides a convenient opportunity to dispose of some of your waste for free. You can drop off items such as batteries, fluorescent 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 Extended Producer Responsibility 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.