Household hazardous waste should NOT be disposed of in the trash or in the gutter. Hazardous waste disposed of in the trash poses a serious threat of injury to trash collectors and landfill operators. This kind of waste also creates environmental problems when disposed of improperly. For these reasons, disposal of hazardous waste is regulated and improper disposal is illegal. The penalties can be substantial.
Hazardous waste must be disposed of at designated locations and times. There are six household hazardous waste facilities in San Luis Obispo County. These facilities accept all household hazardous waste but can not accept radioactive, medical waste or explosives. The IWMA has separate programs for proper disposal of batteries, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, mercury thermostats, medicine, needles and sharps and paint. Empty containers may be discarded with your trash.
For more information on proper disposal of medical wastes other than sharps, contact the California Department of Health Services Waste Management Program at Phone: (916) 327-6904 fax: (916) 323-9869 or the San Luis Obispo County Department of Environmental Health at (805) 781-5544.
If you are a conditionally exempt small business and generate less than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per calendar month, we can provide hazardous waste collection and disposal service for you. Learn more about hazardous waste management for businesses.