Household Hazardous Waste
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 concern at a residence."
Human Health / Environment
Hazardous wastes discarded from homes may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly. Many people don’t realize it, but there are a lot of common household items that are considered hazardous. These include;
- Auto Batteries
- Drain Cleaners
- Household Cleaners
- Lawn Care Products
- Motor Oil
- Pest Control Products
- Pool Care Products Such as Chlorine and Acids
Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined, such as ammonia and bleach.
San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Collection
You may take your household hazardous waste to any San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility FREE of charge. The closest collection facilities for Highland Residents are:
- San Bernardino, SB International Airport: 2824 E "W" Street, Building 302. Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Also accepts e-waste (PDF) and sharps.
- Redlands, Redlands City Yard: 500 Kansas Street at Park Avenue on Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm. It also accepts sharps.
- Auto and Furniture Polish
- Auto and Household Batteries
- Chemical Drain Cleaners
- Electronic Waste Collection available throughout San Bernardino County
- Mercury Thermostats
- Motor Oil, Oil Filters
- Outdated Medications & non-controlled substances
- Paint Thinner, Paints and Paint Products
- Pesticides and Fertilizers
- Pool and Hobby Supplies
- Separate Liquids & Solids
- Sharps/Needs in approved container (not accepted at all locations)
- Weed Killers
- Wood Preservatives
Will Not Accept
- Auto Injectors
- Business Waste
- Medical Waste (other than sharps)
- Radioactive Waste
- Reactive Waste
- Refrigerant Cylinders
- Treated Wood Waste
Before transporting waste to a household hazardous waste collection facility, be sure that the amount of waste being transported does not exceed 15 gallons or 125 pounds, in containers no larger than 5 gallons. Container must be sound, not leaking and sealed.
For information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste, collection facilities, and hours of operation call (800) 645-9228 or visit the San Bernardino County Fire website.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Information for Small Businesses
If your organization produces small quantities of hazardous waste, San Bernardino County’s Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) program can be a responsible option for disposal. The program accepts material from organizations that generate 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste or 2.2 pounds of extremely hazardous waste per month.
Businesses can have the waste material picked up for a fee by the program, or schedule an appointment to deliver it themselves to the program’s main facility in San Bernardino. Disposal costs vary depending on the material. For information on disposal cost, to make an appointment or for general program questions please call (800) 645-9228 or visit the San Bernardino County Fire website.
Businesses and non-profits must dispose of their hazardous waste through the CESQG program. Their hazardous waste cannot be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.