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 can I dispose of hazardous materials?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, operating hours and services for sites may be impacted. Please contact the location prior to visiting.

All residents of Marin County except for Novato

Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility 565 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 485-6806 Tues – Sat, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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! 

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.

Novato Residents

Novato Recycling Center* 7576 Redwood Blvd. Novato, CA 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.; 1st & 3rd Sundays & Mondays.

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

Business: For information and appointment scheduling, call (415) 892-6395. assets/uploads/documents/recycling/ BusinessHazWasteInfoBrch.pdf

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. Please check back for event details!

Links about Hazardous Waste

California Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC)
Environmental Pollution Locator – Scorecard

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