Who to contact

TOURS: 650-329-2396
PERMITS: 650-329-2122

Report hazardous spills, illegal dumping, storm drain blockages, sanitary sewer backups or overflows in your community.

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Call the City of Palo Alto Public Works - Watershed Protection at 650-329-2122 or email cleanbay@cityofpaloalto.org.

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MAP & Directions

To the City of Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and the Household Hazardous Waste Station.

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Household hazardous waste (HHW) is home-generated waste that is toxic, flammable, or reactive. Common HHW includes paint and paint thinners, batteries, cooling oil, cleaners, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury waste and propane tanks. Medicines (no controlled substances) and sharps in proper containers are also accepted at select HHW stations. See below links for more information.

Quick Information:
» Palo Alto Household Hazardous Waste Station
» HHW Information (for RWQCP service area outside Palo Alto)
» Medicine disposal locations (RWQCP service area)
» Medicine disposal locations (throughout the Bay Area)

Palo alto Household Hazardous Waste Station (HHWs)

The City of Palo Alto's HHWS accepts hazardous waste every Saturday (9am-11am) and the first Friday of each month (3pm-5pm). The program is available to Palo Alto residents and businesses in the the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) service area (East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford). The program is a safe and convenient way to dispose of hazardous wastes.

The HHW Station is located at 2501 Embarcadero Way near the entrance of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. For information about scheduling appointments (small businesses) and accepted items visit Palo Alto's Household Hazardous Waste Station.

Additional HHW Disposal services:

Santa Clara County HHW Program
Santa Clara County residents only

San Mateo County HHW Program
Santa Mateo County residents only

San Francisco City and County HHW Program
San Francisco residents only

SMaRT Station
The Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station accepts limited HHW items and sharps. Call or visit their website for details.
SMaRT Station website
Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto residents only.