Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic chemicals used around the home. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive are considered hazardous.

Household Hazardous Waste Includes Leftover:

  • Aerosol
  • Lighter Fluid
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Used Oil/Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Auto Batteries
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Auto Fluids
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Drain Openers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Gasoline (w/containers)
  • Solvents
  • Furniture Polish
  • Electronic Waste

All residents may visit the North County Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility located below. For more information call the regional HHW hotline at (800) 714-1195

1145 East Taylor Street, Vista (map)
(across from the Vista Public Works yard)
Open Saturdays (except holiday weekends) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents 65 or older, or households possessing a registered handicap placard can arrange for free door-to-door collection services by calling (800) 714-1195.


Paint may not be placed out for curbside collection or disposed of in a bin/container meant for solid waste. FREE paint recycling is available at drop-off sites throughout California. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Below is a link where you can find a drop-off site near you and view hours and restrictions.

Find a PaintCare drop-off location

Prescription Drugs

Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet, put them in the drains or throw them away with the trash. Always make sure to keep medication out of reach of children and pets. Unused, unwanted, and expired medications can be taken to a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location and turned in anonymously in a secure collection drop-box.

When disposing of medication, make sure to remove all labels with personal information and recycle the containers at home. Place unneeded pills into a plastic container or zip lock bag.

Find a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location

Lithium Ion Batteries and Electronic Waste

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are commonly found in cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, household electronics or power tools and are considered hazardous waste when they are discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents are being reported involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries.

All batteries and electronic waste must be properly recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or event, and NEVER placed in trash or recycling carts!

Batteries and most electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. Even when batteries have reached their end-life, they still hold a small charge. If batteries are not discarded properly, they can potentially explode and cause a fire in a collection cart, truck or in a disposal facility when crushed.

Watch a Short Animated Video on Battery Safety from the Avoid the Spark Campaign

The Vista Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except holiday weekends) and residents are encouraged to bring unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Waste items, including batteries, for safe and proper disposal.

Unwanted electronics are also collected at the facility including TVs, computer monitors, printers, DVD players, answering machines and anything else with an electrical cord.

Vista Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility
1145 East Taylor Street, Vista (across from the Vista Public Works yard)

Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (except holiday weekends)

For information on HHW disposal call (800) 714-1195

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