Toxic household materials like motor oil and oil filters, anti-freeze,
paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries are too hazardous to
throw in the trash. Once in a landfill, they can contaminate ground
water and pollute our creeks, channels, bays and the ocean.
Take your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of Orange County's
four convenient collection centers. You can also recycle used motor
oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers
throughout the County, including most auto parts stores and gas
OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Orange County has one of the most extensive and efficient household
hazardous waste collection programs in Southern California. With
four permanent collection facilities open five days a week, including
Saturdays, and offering fast drive-up and drop-off service, a quick
and convenient way to safely dispose of your household hazardous
waste is right around the corner. Just follow these directions.
- A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per
vehicle, per trip.
- Materials should be in original continers, except motor oil,
fuels and antifreeze.
- Place your items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original,
labeled containers. All containers should have lids, not leak
and be protected from breakage.
- Do not combine types of waste, or mix oil-based paint with latex
- If you want a container returned, like oil containers and boxes
or crates used to transport materials, please notify the collection
attendant in advance. Some containers may not be returnable.
Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
Batteries (home & car)
Personal care products
Polishes and waxes
Pool and spa chemicals
Propane barbecues tanks
Unused road flares
Paints (latex & oil)
Compressed gas cylinders
The following locations are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m., except for rainy days and major holidays, including
4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Stop and Swap Location
1071 N. Blue Gum Street
Between the 91 and 57 Freeways on the corner of La Palma and Blue
The Stop and Swap is a unique and free program that allows
you to drop off household, yard, and car care products you no
longer need and pick up others you can use.
17121 Nichols Street
Between Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street, off Warner Avenue
at Rainbow Recycling and Disposal. Use Gate 6.
Stop and Swap Location
6411 Oak Canyon
Between the 5 and 405 freeways, next to the City Corporate Yard
and Animal Shelter.
San Juan Capistrano
Prima Descha Landfill
From the 55 Freeway, Exit Ortega highway, go east to La Pata and
For more information about Orange County's household
hazardous waste collection program, and the Stop & Swap, call
You can recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many
certified collection centers throughout the County, including most
auto parts stores and gas stations.
HERE to go to the California Integrated Waste Management
Board's web site, where you can get a list of used oil collection
centers in your city just by entering your zip code.
For more information, call the County of Orange Stormwater
Section at (714) 567-6363.