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Household Hazardous Waste
Free County of Orange
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

Collection centers are closed on:
Rainy days, Christmas, Independence Day, Memorial Day, New Years Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day.

Household hazardous waste is not accepted from:
Businesses, schools, government agencies, churches, or non-profit organizations.

For additional information and collection locations:
Call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at (714) 834-6752 or visit the OC Waste & Recycling web site.

Hazardous Waste must be in its original container:
Except motor oil and antifreeze.

Business Hours:
Open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Closed on Sunday and Monday and rainy days.

Disposal of Expired and Unused Medication
Most medicines used in a home are not considered hazardous waste. Although the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will accept medications, they can also be disposed of in the trash after being secured in durable packaging.

Free Battery Collection Buckets
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center now offers free battery buckets in which to place your old batteries. These free reusable buckets make it convenient to dispose of household batteries and cellphones. You may pick one up at the household hazardous waste collection center at Rainbow.

Examples of Hazardous Waste Accepted

Oil & latex paint & paint products
Automotive products (batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, etc.)
Aerosol cans (full or partially full)
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (Curly Bulbs), Fluorescent, neon, HD, mercury light bulbs
Household batteries
Radios, clocks, hair dryers
Cell phones & circuit boards
TV sets
E-Waste (computer monitors, printers, etc.)
Household cleaners & chemical solvents
Thermometers (mercury)
Hobby & pool supplies
Pesticides & herbicides
Empty compressed gas cylinders
Wood preservatives

Hazardous Waste Not Accepted

Business generated waste
Biological waste
Radioactive waste
Compressed gas cylinders
Pressure Treated Wood (disposal info)

Sharps Disposal
Dispose of sharps waste properly. Since September 2008, it has been illegal to dispose of home generated sharps, including syringes and lancets, in the trash or recycling containers. The law requires all sharps waste be transported to a collection center or to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in a heavy-duty puncture resistant container with a tight fitting lid, such as a plastic milk jug. Note that our work force reported an increase in Sharps found in every day trash. We care about the safety of our workers, please take household sharps to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.

Fluorescent tubes disposal
Did you know that fluorescent light tubes, curly bulbs and lamps contain traces of mercury that can become hazardous. These must be properly handled when they no longer work. DO NOT DISCARD IN TRASH. They must be taken to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or they can also be recycled by an authorized recycling program. Please look for flourescentr takeback programs at retail centers such as Home Depot, Orchard Supply Hardware, or Lowe's.
Material Exchange Program (MEP)

Did you know that you can get a variety of free household products through the Orange County-Operated Material Exchange Program located at Rainbow Environmental Services? Useful household, yard and car care products, cleaners, paints, and more are available for free. Orange County residents can choose up to five items from the selection of partially used and unused containers. Not only are you saving money when you visit the MEP Center but you are helping the environment by using up products that would normally be sent to the hazardous waste landfill.

MEP Center is open the same hours as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. Both centers are closed on Sundays, Mondays and also on rainy days.

Rainbow Environmental Services    714-847-3581

17121 Nichols Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647