Household Hazardous Waste

Curbside Collection

Residents may place some household hazardous waste curbside for collection. 

Used Motor Oil and Motor Oil Filters
Used motor oil must be in a clear one-gallon plastic container with a tight fitting screw-top lid. Used oil filters must be in a sealed clear tear-resistant bag. Place next to your recycle cart for collection. GreenWaste can provide containers/bags at no additional charge.

Household Batteries & Cell Phones
Household batteries (e.g., AA, AAA, D, nickel cadmium) and cell phones will be collected when put inside a sealed clear tear-resistant bag and placed on top of your recycle cart. GreenWaste can provide bags at no additional charge. IMPORTANT! Federal Law now requires the battery terminals be taped with non-conductive tape (electrical, duct, or masking tape) to prevent short-circuiting during transport.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station

Palo Alto residents may safely dispose of their unwanted or unused toxic household items at the HHW Station.

• Every Saturday 9am to 11am
• First Friday of each month 3pm to 5pm
Holiday Closures - visit to check for holiday closures..

• 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste per visit
• Must be a Palo Alto Resident (driver’s license or vehicle registration)

Reuse Cabinets
Residents can pick up usable household products such as paints, cleaners and unused motor oil. These usable items were brought to the HHW Station for disposal by other residents and screened by the City before being placed in the cabinets for reuse.

2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

For additional information please visit the Palo Alto Hazardous Waste Program website or contact Zero Waste Palo Alto at (650) 496-5910.

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