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If you reside in El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo and the unincorporated West County areas (Crockett, El Sobrante, Port Costa, Rodeo, & Tormey) you may drop off your household hazardous waste for FREE at the the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Proof of residency is required.
As of January 2023, Kensington residents may now also drop off HHW at this facility, click here for further information.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
To see examples of what types of items can be dropped off at the facility, please see our Online Disposal/Recycling Guide. Search for the item you have for disposal to see whether or not it is accepted at the facility and for alternative ways for proper disposal. Note that these items are NOT accepted for drop off: controlled substances, radioactive materials, explosives, firearms, pressurized gas cylinders – thick walled and over 5 gallons.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS:
If you are a small business in West Contra Costa County, you may be eligible to drop off hazardous waste for a fee. For more information, navigate here.
HANDLING, TRANSPORT & DROP-OFF
The legal transport limit is no more than 15-gallons or 125-pounds of household hazardous waste per vehicle per visit. Individual containers are limited to 5-gallon capacity. Proof of West County residency is required. Here are some additional instructions on how to safely handle, transport and drop off these materials:
For more information, call the West Contra Costa Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: (888) 412-9277.
Residents and some businesses* in Kensington are eligible to use the West County HHW Collection Facility in Richmond and the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Center (on Tuesdays), as of January 2023, using the Voluntary Permit Program. Before going to the facilities, residents of Kensington should obtain a permit first by calling Bay View Refuse & Recycling at (510) 237-4614. Bay View Refuse may ask questions about your waste/material to ensure you are aware of the Do’s & Don’ts of using the facility. Proof of residency is required to use the HHW Facilities such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Please note it is not required to use a permit and no one from Kensington is turned away if they do not have a permit.
State law prohibits the transportation of more than 15 gallons (three 5-gallon containers) or 125 pounds of hazardous waste in your vehicle. Individual containers are limited to 5-gallon maximum capacity.
*Only businesses generating less than 27 gallons or 222 pounds of hazardous waste per month may participate in the Very Small Quanitity Generator Program (VSQG), at the West Contra Costa County HHW Facility in Richmond. Fees are based on cost of materials disposed.
For general information on how to properly manage Household Hazardous Waste, click here.
RecycleMore provides these services in partnership with West County Resource Recovery (WCRR), Republic Services, and the City of El Cerrito. You must show proof of residency in the RecycleMore Service area: El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, and unincorporated Contra Costa County communities of Bayview, El Sobrante, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, Rollingwood and Tara Hills. *Residential waste only, NO business waste will be accepted.
Items accepted for drop off on Tuesdays:
Items accepted during regular business hours at the center: *Please visit the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center page for most up to date information.
Items not accepted at any time:
Items not allowed / currently accepted in the E-Waste Bin:
If you do not see your item, please check our Recycling Guide.
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