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Hazardous Waste Disposal Options in Santa Barbara County


Hazardous waste should NOT go in the trash! It’s illegal and extremely unsafe for our health and environment.

What exactly is hazardous waste?

Many household items are considered hazardous. Hazardous wastes are materials that are either flammable, corrosive, highly reactive, or poisonous. A list of common hazardous items can be found here. In general, hazardous materials can usually fit into these categories: batteries, painting products, automotive fluids, fluorescent lights and mercury, sharps and pharmaceutical waste, and cleaning products.

Many locations throughout Santa Barbara County accept hazardous waste, but remember, all locations and materials are different. Some sites only service residents who live in specific jurisdictions or only take certain materials. Click here for a list of all locations.

If you have questions about a specific material, follow these steps to find out how to dispose of it:

  • Type the specific material into our search bar above.
  • Click on the page for your material.
  • Scroll down to see where it will be accepted.
  • Click on a facility to see more information.
  • Take your hazardous waste to the facility.
  • And done!

We always recommend calling each location ahead of time to make sure that your material is accepted and when you can drop it off, especially now that COVID-19 has changed operations and procedures for some businesses. Remember to safely pack your materials in your vehicle to avoid dangerous spills.

We thank everyone for doing their part in responsibly handling their waste!

As always, if you have questions, contact us here or call (805) 882-3602.

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