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.

Which materials are classified as hazardous?

Materials known as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are toxic to you and/or to the environment. HHW materials include the following categories: Electronics, Paint, Batteries, Light Bulbs, Household Chemicals, Personal Care Products, Gardening Products and Auto Care Products. They cannot be disposed of in curbside carts.

categories of HHW in pictures

See the Marin HHW Facility website for full details on which items are accepted and items that are not accepted.

Where can I dispose of hazardous materials?

Operating hours and services for sites may be impacted due to the COVID situation. Please contact the location prior to visiting.

All residents of Marin County except Novato:

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility
565 Jacoby Street, San Rafael 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 or visit the website. Residential drop-off is Tuesday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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

Novato Residents:

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

The Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts drop-offs of household waste between 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the first & third Sunday and Monday of the month.

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

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

Bulb and Battery Take-Back Program

The Bulb and Battery Take-Back Program is designed to encourage Marin County residents to properly recycle their used household batteries, compact fluorescent lamps, and fluorescent tubes – free of charge – at convenient retail locations.

Find locations near you! 

Toxic Away Events in West Marin:

Zero Waste Marin coordinates with the San Rafael Fire Department on Toxic Away Day events, making it easier for residents of West Marin to dispose of used accumulated toxic materials closer to home. Events typically take place in the spring and the fall. 

Links about Hazardous Waste

California Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC)

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