Household Hazardous Waste

Recology Vacaville Solano - Household Hazardous WasteHousehold hazardous waste cannot be disposed of in the trash!
Something is hazardous if it can catch fire, react, or explode when mixed with other substances, or if it is toxic. When disposed of improperly, these wastes can do serious damage to the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

Acceptable Materials Include (limit 15 gal. paint and 125 lbs. of other acceptable materials):


  • Insect sprays
  • Weed killers
  • Fertilizer
  • Pool chemicals
  • Polishes
  • Brake fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Caulking
  • Glues
  • Bleach
  • Tile remover
  • Tile cleaners
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mercury Waste
  • Waxes
  • Chlorine
  • Motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Used oil filters
  • Oily rags
  • Paint products
  • Paint stripper
  • Paint thinner
  • Floor stripper
  • Drain cleaner
  • Rust remover
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent lamps
  • Thermometers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Sharps in Containers
  • Garden chemicals
  • Transmission fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Automotive batteries
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Wood preservative
  • Cooking oil
  • Household cleaners
  • Household batteries *
  • Pressurized cylinders
    • Large propane (5 gal)
    • Small propane (1 lb)
    • Freon cylinders
    • Helium cylinders
    • Oxygen cylinders
* Household batteries includes all batteries, AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use containing Cadmium, Copper, Lithium, and (in older batteries) Mercury.

Unacceptable Waste:

The following are examples of items that are unacceptable for collection:
  • Ammunition
  • Medicines
  • Explosives
  • Appliances
  • Radioactive materials
  • Medical waste
  • Commercial chemicals
  • Tires
  • Asbestos
  • Trash

Electronics waste cannot be disposed of in the trash!
These include computers, televisions, and cellular phones. For more information on electronic waste, please visit the Electronic/Universal Waste page.

Disposal Information

Recology Vacaville Solano - Household Hazardous WasteElectronic Waste
Recology Vacaville Solano provides a convenient drop off for residential Electronic Waste at 855½ Davis Street, every Saturday from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Limit of 5 items per visit.
Participants must be able to lift the item from their vehicle and carry to the drop off area.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW) at 855½ Davis Street is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 P.M. and accepts oil-based paints, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, aerosols, gas, auto fluids, and other household toxics. The facility accepts residential materials only.

You must provide photo id and proof of residency, either a driver's license or a Recology bill.

Recycling used oil in Vacaville
Oil and oil filters are accepted at the Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling Center at 855½ Davis Street.

Don't Get Stuck With Your Sharps!

Sharps Exchange ContainerState law prohibits the disposal of "sharps waste" in trash or recycling containers. All sharps waste must be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. Home-generated sharps waste includes hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets that are used for medical purposes. Sharps waste poses a threat to anyone it comes into contact with when disposed of improperly.

Collection Programs:
Place home-generated sharps waste in biohazard containers. Biohazard containers are available for purchase at local pharmacies and some office supply stores. Contact your health care provider, local pharmacies, hospitals or clinics to ask if they offer a collection program. Sharps in approved biohazard containers can be brought to the Recology Vacaville Solano Recycling center on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Mail-Back Service:
Visit California Integrated Waste Board for a list of companies that are authorized to provide sharps waste mail-back services in California.

Additional Information

  • VacavilleRecycling.com Hazardous Waste Page
  • Solano County Department of Environmental Management - (707) 421-6770
  • CA Integrated Waste Management Board Information Line - (800) 553-2962
  • Department of Toxic Substances Control - (800) 698-6942
    (to report hazardous waste violations only)