Skip To ContentAbout the CityCity ServicesCity GovernmentVisit PasoBusiness DevelopmentVolunteer
City of Paso Robles
DepartmentsCity CouncilAdvisory BodiesPlanning Commission
Address
Public Works Administration
1000 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone
(805) 237-3861
(805) 237-3904 FAX
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm
E-mail
publicworks@prcity.com
Trash & Recycling

HAZARDOUS WASTE

Many products found in your home are potentially hazardous substances. Because of their chemical nature, they can poison, corrode, explode, or ignite easily when handled improperly. When discarded, they are considered household hazardous waste. Since they may threaten human health or the environment when inappropriately disposed of, household hazardous wastes are not exempt from California hazardous waste laws.

It is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down storm drains, or onto the ground. The City has a Household Hazardous Waste Facility for the proper disposal of hazardous waste.  For a chart of all hazardous wastes and their appropriate method of disposal, visit the IWMA Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste page.

Examples of Potential Household Hazardous Wastes

Many common household products are considered household hazardous waste when they are discarded. The following are examples of these products:

  • Adhesives
  • Latex and oil-based paints
  • Paint thinners and strippers
  • Grease and rust solvents
  • Wood and metal cleaners
  • Nail polish and removers
  • Cosmetics
  • Household polishes and cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Drain openers
  • Lighter fluids
  • Fungicides and wood preservatives
  • Insecticides, herbicides, and rat poisons
  • Used oil and oil filters
  • Fuel injection and carburetor cleaners
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries and Fluorescent Light bulbs
    In San Luis Obispo County, you can take batteries and burned out fluorescent lighting back to any store that sells them for FREE disposal. View drop-off location list.
  • Sharps/Needles
    Currently, there are 44 pharmacy drop-off locations found throughout the County for FREE Sharps Disposal. Read more about Sharps Disposal under Additional Resources.

Why Are They Hazardous?

Household hazardous wastes are considered hazardous because they fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Toxic: Poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched, or inhaled—even in small quantities.
  • Flammable: Ignites easily.
  • Corrosive: Eats away materials and living tissue by chemical action.
  • Reactive: Creates an explosion or produces deadly vapors (e.g., bleach mixed with ammonia-based cleaners).

Before buying a product, read the label. Signal words can serve as a guide to the purchases you make. With pesticides, DANGER means highly toxic, WARNING means moderately toxic, and CAUTION means slightly toxic. With household products, POISON means highly toxic, DANGER means extremely flammable or corrosive or highly toxic, WARNING or CAUTION means less toxic.

What Problems Can Occur?

Improper handling or disposal of products containing hazardous ingredients can result in serious accidents to people and animals, who can be seriously harmed by drinking, eating, touching, or breathing household hazardous wastes.

  • Refuse workers and landfill workers can be injured by chemical splashes or poisonous fumes caused by mixed or concentrated household hazardous wastes.
     
  • Firefighters can be injured by these household hazardous wastes when responding to a fire.
     
  • The environment can be seriously damaged when groundwater used for drinking or irrigation is contaminated with household hazardous waste products that have been poured onto or have seeped into the ground.
     
  • Bacteria needed to break down sewer and septic tank wastes can be destroyed by untreated household hazardous wastes.

Avoiding Accidents

Never leave household hazardous products or wastes within reach of children or pets. When possible, buy products with less harmful ingredients (read the labels). When using a product, read and follow the label directions, never mix it with other products, and use it up entirely. Do not dispose of household hazardous wastes in the trash, on the ground, or in storm or sewer drains. Do not remove product labels, and do not remove products from their original containers.

Proper Management of Household Hazardous Waste

Reduce by purchasing only the amount you need.
Reuse the products by donating unused portions to friends or community organizations.
Recycle leftover household hazardous products that are recyclable and dispose of the others safely by taking them to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

For a chart of all hazardous wastes and their appropriate method of disposal, visit the IWMA Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste page.

Related Links and Additional Resources:


Paso Robles Waste Disposal [pdf:5.4mb]
Solid Waste Contract
Financial and Operational Audit (for approval at Aug. 2, 2011 Council Meeting)

Pacific Waste Services  [pdf:8.4mb]
Solid Waste Contract
Financial and Operational Audit (for approval at Aug. 2, 2011 Council Meeting)


Where do I recycle ...

Aluminum, Glass & Plastic

Cardboard

CRTs & Televisions

Computers

Greenwaste & Compost

Newspaper

Oil

You are here:   Home    Government     Departments    Public Works    Trash & Recycling    Hazardous Waste