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Some items should not go in the black, green, or blue bin. These items are hazardous waste. Improperly disposing of them can harm the environment and people. Plus, it's illegal. San Francisco residents can request a free home pick up of the waste, find a nearby drop-off location, or go to Recology's Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Free pick-up service for household hazardous waste

  • Email with your name, address, phone number, and a photo of all your items or
  • Call 415-330-1405 and leave a message with your contact information
  • Appointments are available Wednesday to Saturday mornings
  • You must be present at the time of pick-up

Free drop-off locations for household hazardous waste

Drop off items for at San Francisco’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at:

San Francisco Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

501 Tunnel Ave., San Francisco, CA 94134 (next to the public dump)

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 AM - 4 PM

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Household Hazardous Waste Facility Requirements

  • You must bring proof of San Francisco residency (driver’s license or utility bill) to drop household hazardous waste at this facility 
  • Limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds
  • No drums, compressed gas cylinders (except small or BBQ-sized propane) or containers larger than five (5) gallons
  • Keep hazardous items in their original containers. If an item is leaking, contain it by placing it in a larger container. 
  • Never mix leftover hazardous products with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, explode, and become unrecyclable.

Find a retail drop-off location near you

There are over 100 retail collection locations that will take more common hazardous items. Find a nearby location by visiting

Related links

Dispose of hazardous items safely fact sheet


HHW Disposal in Other Bay Area Counties