How Can You Safely Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste?

Pop quiz: You have a mountain of old paint cans in the corner of your garage. What can you do?

 Paint cans

a)      Throw them in your recyclables bin (please don’t!).

b)      Keep collecting them until you’ve built a wall (been there, done that).

c)       Dig a hole and bury them in your backyard.

d)      Sneak behind a local store at midnight and throw the cans in the dumpster.

e)      Contact the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Obviously, the answer is e. Oakland residents and small businesses can dispose of hazardous wastes, such as paint, solvents, batteries, light bulbs, automotive fluids, pesticides, needles, and medicine by contacting the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for guidelines, location, and available hours at (800) 606-6606 or by visiting

Before the summer is over, take inventory of the household hazardous waste that you’ve been stockpiling in your home or business and contact the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility to rid your property of these dangerous materials and have them safely and properly disposed of.

Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everybody’s business.

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