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 at a residence” (California Health and Safety Code Section 25218.1(e)). There are a lot of common household items that, when no longer needed, are considered hazardous waste. These items include, but are not limited to, paints, automotive fluids, vehicle and household cleaners, drain openers, lawn care products, pest control products, BBQ propane cylinders, and pool care products such as chlorine and acids.
Improperly disposed household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to people and the environment and is illegal to dispose of in the trash. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or even deadly when combined, such as ammonia and bleach. In addition to potentially harming environment, many household hazardous waste items can injure trash collection and landfill workers when they are thrown in the trash. Because of these hazards, household hazardous waste must be managed properly by residents. Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection events throughout the year and there are permanent facilities available year around that serve the public. Please click below for additional information.