Marin Hazardous Waste - Residential Accepted Wastes


The following materials are accepted at the Marin Household Hazardous Waste Facility from Marin County residents. 

We accept 15 gallons of liquid or combined liquid/dry weight of 125 lbs. (liquid weighs 8.5 lbs. per gallon) from residential customers. The exception is latex paint and motor oil, totaling 20 gallons altogether.  Containers may not be larger than five (5) gallons or 50 pounds in weight.

Before bringing material to our facility, please refer to the guidelines for residential customer to review important handling instructions. 

Electronic Products

•  Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) or Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) TVs, DVD players, and video cassette recorders
•  Computer monitors and peripherals
•  Laptops, printers and fax machines
•  Wireless telephones, cell phones, and answering machines
•  Stereo equipment, jump box, iPods and tablets
•  Microwaves, calculators, cables, and wires

Electronic vs. Electric – What’s the difference?

Electronic waste is accepted at our facility and includes the items listed above.
Electric waste includes small appliances such as toasters, blenders, and hair dryers. Electric items are not accepted at our facility but may be dropped off for recycling (for a fee) at the Marin Resource Recovery Center, located at 565 Jacoby Street in San Rafael. Call the MRRC for more information: 415-485-5647.

Household Batteries

• Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D)
• Carbon Zinc
• Lithium (coin, button, AA, and nine-volt )
• Lithium
• Mercury
• Rechargeable (Nickel-Cadmium)
• Silver Oxide (button cells)
• Zinc Air (button cells)

Bulbs (10 bulbs or tubes per visit)

• Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
• Fluorescent Tubes
• Halogen Bulbs
• Metal Halide Bulbs
• U-Bend Shaped Fluorescent Bulbs
• Circular Fluorescent Tubes
• LED Bulbs
• Ballasts Containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Household Cleaning Products

• Detergents, ammonia and tile cleaners
• Tub cleaners, bleach-base cleaners, and window cleaners
• Oven cleaners, polishes, and air fresheners

Personal Care Products

• Beauty products in aerosol cans
• Hair color kits
• Hair sprays
• Nail polishes
• Nail removers
• Perfumes

Paint Related Products

• Latex paint, oil base paint, and aerosol paint cans
• Solvents, adhesives, and paint removers
• Wood preservatives and wood finishes
• Roofing tar, putty, caulk, and glues

Gardening Products

• Fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides
• Pesticides, insecticides and rodenticide

Auto Care Products

• Motor oil and oil filters
• Gasoline and diesel
• Antifreeze, brake fluid, and transmission fluid
• Car batteries, waxes, and polishes



• Roof shingles, floor, and ceiling tiles
• Siding and insulation (ducts, furnaces, pipes)
• When planning in hiring a contractor to remove asbestos from your home, make sure to contact us first since we will ONLY accept asbestos in a set of plastic bags that are provided by us at no cost.
• Each asbestos bag has to be sealed with duct tape and double bag.
• Each bag holds up to 50 lbs.
• Only 100 lbs. of asbestos are accepted per household once a week.
• Damaged or improperly contained bags for asbestos won’t be accepted.


• Hypodermic, intravenous and pen needles and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications.
• Sharps are ONLY accepted in designated containers for sharps disposal (if available, we provide ONE designated sharp container free of charge per resident at the HHWF. Otherwise, you can buy these containers at retail pharmacies or online).
• A resident can drop-off two sharp containers once a week (2-gallons each).
• We can not return any containers dropped off at the facility.
• We DO NOT accept expired medications.
• Find drop-off locations for sharps and medications at Zero Waste Marin.

Cooking Oil

ONLY  liquid cooking oils are accepted.
• Small amounts of solidified oil may be disposed of in your compostables cart.

Pressurized Cylinders

• Propane and butane gas cylinders
• Cylinders larger than 5 gallons are not accepted
• CO2 cylinders for soda machines

Less Common Wastes

• Mercury-containing devices: thermostats, thermometers, switches, and relays
• Pool chemicals (5-gallon limit once a week)
• Photo chemicals (fixers and developers)
• Road Flares (Up to 5 flares per household. We DO NOT accept marine flares)
• Fire extinguishers (3 extinguishers per household)
• E-cigarettes/Vape pens