Household hazardous waste, like pool chemicals, pesticides, fluorescent lamps, or household cleaning chemicals, may not be disposed of in landfills and therefore cannot be placed in the trash. Additionally, these items cannot be poured down the drain. Residents may dispose of these items for free through the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program
The County allows residents to drop off their household hazardous waste at locations in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Martin. Occasionally, the County also accepts household hazardous waste at other locations throughout the County. Appointments are required and can be made online
or by calling 408.299.7300.
In addition to household hazardous waste, unused or expired medications may not be disposed of in the trash or flushed down the drain. Residents can drop off unwanted medications at the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office West Valley Patrol Substation, located at 1601 S. De Anza Blvd in Cupertino, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sharps, such as needles, syringes, or lancets, in approved sharps containers can be dropped off at the Santa Clara County Fire Station at 19800 Cox Avenue, Saratoga.