Toxic and hazardous

Household Hazardous Waste

Help us keep household hazardous waste (HHW) from polluting the environment in Marin County. These helpful FAQs cover all the basics and will help you dispose of HHW properly.

What materials are classified as hazardous?

Hazardous materials are toxic to you and/or the environment. Hazardous materials include asbestos, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, herbicides, household chemicals, pesticides, paint, solvents and spray cans, to name a few.

Where are hazardous materials commonly found?

Garage Antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters, gasoline, waxes, polishes, automobile batteries, engine cleaners and brake fluid
Workshop Paint, paint thinner, wood preservatives, wood finishes, glues, alternative adhesives, solvents and photo chemicals
House Ammonia-based cleaners, bleach-based cleaners, aerosol sprays, furniture polishes, floor polishes, nail polish, nail polish remover, computer monitors, TVs, fluorescent light tubes, fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline and Ni-Cad batteries
Garden Pesticides, fungicides, weed killers and pool chemicals

Where can I dispose of hazardous materials?

All residents of Marin County except for Novato

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility 565 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 485-6806

Residents: For waste disposal information and a complete description of what can be brought to the facility, call (415) 485-6806. Residential drop-off is Tuesday–Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Businesses: For more disposal information and appointments, call (415)-485-6806 option #4. Business drop-off is by appointment only, Tuesday–Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Closed Thursday–Monday. Fees apply.

Zero Waste Marin coordinates with the San Rafael Fire Department on Toxic Away Day events, allowing residents of West Marin to dispose of used accumulated toxic materials. The Spring Toxic Away Day in West Marin has concluded, please check back for information on the fall event.

Novato Residents

Novato Recycling Center* 7576 Redwood Blvd. Novato, CA 94945 (415) 892-7344

*Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility operates on an appointment-only basis.

Residents: For information and appointment scheduling, call (415) 892-7344.

Business: For information and appointment scheduling, call (415) 892-6395.

Links about Hazardous Waste

California Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC)

Environmental Pollution Locator – Scorecard

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