Safe Waste Disposal
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of June 4th, 2020 only Household Hazardous Waste events in San Mateo have resumed. Household Hazardous Waste events in additional locations will resume when all safety protocols for both staff and the public can be put in place.
San Mateo County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program helps residents reuse, recycle, or responsibly manage residential hazardous waste for free. County residents may drop-off a full range of HHW at collection events year-round every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (except major holiday weekends).
Some businesses generate very little hazardous waste and may be eligible to participate in the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program. The Program is designed to provide an inexpensive hazardous waste disposal option to these companies, non-profits, and other entities instead of contracting with a commercial hazardous waste management firm.
The Program operates by appointment only.
San Mateo County now has over 50 medicine disposal locations available for residents to dispose of medicine safely. By taking your unwanted or expired medicine to one of the convenient kiosks listed below, you are protecting the environment, preventing overdoses and errors, and helping keep drugs away from kids and teens.
There are two easy and free options to safely dispose of your used motor oil and filters together in San Mateo County.