How To Dispose Of Toxic Chemicals In Santa Cruz

by Sunrise Cleaning on January 8, 2013

Oh Where Oh Where do my Toxic Chemicals Go?

Good Question. Where do you dispose of toxic chemicals in Santa Cruz?  The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program provides the only proper way to dispose of hazardous products when they are no longer wanted.  This is a great program and we encourage you to take full advantage of their program. They have three collection locations:

HHW Facility at Buena Vista Landfill
Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA
(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility at Ben Lomond Transfer Station
Open every Thursday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Closed Sundays beginning July 1, 2011
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA
(831) 454-2430

HHW Facility at City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 420-6270

What can you dispose of at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities?

  • fluorescent tubes & bulbs
  • paint & stains
  • solvents, degreasers & cleaners
  • flammable liquids
  • pesticides & herbicides
  • aerosols
  • art & hobby supplies
  • outdated medicines
  • hypodermic needles and other medical sharps transported in a red sharps container
  • photographic chemicals
  • pool, hot tub & spa chemicals
  • thermometers and other mercury-containing devices
  • road and boat flares

For more in-depth information or questions visit their website:

Once you have disposed of your hazardous toxic cleaners—keep reading for some great ideas on how to make your own non-toxic cleaners.

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