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Household Hazardous Waste

Disposal Options for All Types of Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste is any gas, liquid, or solid used in the home labeled with the words caution, warning, danger, poison, toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive and poses a health threat to people, animals, and the environment due to the chemical nature.

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste

Aerosols
Asbestos (3-foot sections)
All-purpose cleaners
Anti-freeze
Auto batteries
Auto fluids
Computers and components
Disinfectants
Drain openers
Electronics
Fertilizers
Fluorescent bulbs
Furniture polish/stains
Gasoline
Glue
Household batteries
Household cleaners
Insecticides
Kerosene
Lighter fluid
Mercury thermostats
Motor oil
Needles or lancets
Oil filters
Oven cleaner
Latex paint
Oil-based paint
Pesticides/herbicides
Pool chemicals
Prescription medication
Solvents
Thinners
TV’s
Varnishes
E-waste

Want to know how to dispose of household hazardous waste? Check out our video

Disposal options

 The city offers several convenient ways for residents to get rid of household hazardous waste. 

One Day Drop Off Event

The City of Carlsbad hosts a one day household hazardous waste drop off event each year for residents. The next drop off event is scheduled for April 8, 2017. Registration for this event opens on March 20, 2017. Residents may register online via the city’s website or by calling 760-602-7559. Appointments will not be accepted prior to March 20.

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Don't forget that limits per drop-off are 15 gallons or 125 pounds, and require proof of residency (driver's license, etc.). Explosives, radioactive, biomedical or business wastes are not accepted. 

For more information please call 760-602-7559 or e-mail recycle.trash@carlsbadca.gov.

Door-to-Door Service for Carlsbad Residents

The city provides service through PSC to collect household hazardous waste material from the front door of resident’s homes for a $10 fee. This service is available by appointment only. For an appointment, call 800-714-1195.

Drop Off Service for Carlsbad Residents

The city offers drop off service for household hazardous waste for Carlsbad residents at two North County locations. 

Waste Management Recycling Facility (map it)
2880 Industry St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Hours: Alternating Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
By appointment only at 760-929-9400.
Cost: Free

PSC Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (map it)
1145 East Taylor St.
Vista, CA 95084
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
800-714-1195
Cost: Free

Recycle Used Motor Oil

Why Recycle Used Oil?

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, rivers and the ocean. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That's a winning combination!

About the Certified Centers

The city encourages the recycling of used motor oil. Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you 40¢ a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time.

What About Contaminated Oil?

Certified Collection Center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don't mix your used oil with anything. However, if your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, your certified center manager can tell you where to take it for proper disposal. Or see options listed above for household hazardous waste disposal options.

Firestone Store
2545 El Camino Real
760-434-8392

Jiffy Lube
6021 Paseo del Norte
760-431-9875

Toyota Carlsbad (Service Dept.)
6020 Avenida Encinas
760-918-3716

Ken Grody Ford Carlsbad
5555 Paseo del Norte
760-438-9171

Lexus Carlsbad
5444 Paseo del Norte
760-496-2669

Weseloh Chevrolet
5335 Paseo del Norte
760-438-1001

North County Hyundai
5285 Car Country Drive
760-929-4900

Bob Baker VW/Subaru
5500 Paseo Del Norte
760-804-5030

Carlsbad Gas & Carwash
2509 Palomar Airport Road
760-918-0100
Hoehn Acura
5556 Paseo Del Norte
760-438-9599
Hoehn Audi
5215 Car County Drive
888-762-3571
Hoehn Buick GMC Cadillac
5334 Paseo Del Norte
760-692-1582
Hoehn Honda
5454 Paseo Del Norte
760-438-1818
Hoehn Infiniti
5245 Car Country Drive
760-431-3100
Hoehn Motors
5475 Car Country Drive
760-720-1574
Hoehn Porsche
6800 Avenida Encinas
760-438-4434
Jaguar Land Rover Carlsbad
5550 Paseo Del Norte
760-494-5600
  
 

For more information visit www.CalRecycle.ca.gov or call 1-800-CLEANUP.