Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are items that pose a health or environmental threat when not disposed of properly. It's illegal to put HHW as paint, pesticides, batteries, e-waste (electronic waste), and fluorescent bulbs in the garbage, sink, toilet, or storm drains. Electronic waste (e-waste) is any electronic device that is no longer in use. It is illegal to dispose of electronic wastes in the garbage because they contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. View the Republic Services Comprehensive Recycling Guide for more information.
Richmond residents can dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) conveniently and for free at the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility and the El Cerrito Recycling Center.
The West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Richmond is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The El Cerrito Recycling Center is open on Tuesdays for Household Hazardous Waste disposal. Please bring proof of residency.
West County businesses generating less than 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month, may participate in the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program (CESQG) at the West Contra Costa HHW Facility located in Richmond. Fees apply. Visit Commercial Hazardous Waste or call (888) 412-9277 for additional information and requirements.
For large businesses, establish collection services for HHW and E-waste using one of the providers listed under Hazardous Waste and Materials in the Contra Costa County Reuse and Recycling Guide. Businesses should call West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste for more information and fees at (888) 412-9277.
Expired medications such as pills, syrups, and inhalers, and sharps such as needles, syringes, and lancets can also be disposed of for free at the HHW Facility. Call 1-888-412-9277 to receive a free sharps container in the mail. Visit the Republic Services Residential and Commercial Recycling Guide for drop-off locations and more information.
Green Waste / Wood / Cardboard / Metal Only Drop Boxes
In addition to the regular garbage and recycling services that Richmond businesses receive, businesses may rent a drop box (10-40 yard with 2-6 ton capacity) from Republic Services. Drop boxes for separated green waste, wood, cardboard, and metal (20-40 yard) are available from Republic Services for a reduced charge. Contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100 to order a drop box or for more information. View commercial rates for drop boxes.