Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is accepted free at the City of Watsonville Waste and Recycling Drop-off located at 320 Harvest Drive. You must live within the City of Watsonville to use this program. Address verification is required. The household hazardous waste facility is available to residents and small businesses that generate a small quantity of hazardous waste.

State law limits the amount you can transport at a time: 15 gallon liquid or 125 pounds solid material.

If you have questions regarding Household Hazardous Waste, call Customer Service at 768-3133 during business hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Collection Dates & Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste


2017 Saturday Collection Dates (PDF)


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Hours


Household Hazardous Waste is accepted ONLY on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the 2nd SATURDAY of each month from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Paint - Bring paint in original cans if possible. Don't mix un-usable paint with paint that is in good condition. Some paint may be usable for City maintenance projects. You can also take extra paint to Kelly Moore located at 1405 Freedom Boulevard and to Eastlake Village True Value Hardware located at 1056 E Lake Avenue.

Batteries - including automotive, alkaline, rechargeable, button batteries, cell phone batteries, battery packs from power tools, electric toothbrushes, vacuums and computers

Florescent light tubes and compact florescent bulbs (you can also take these to Orchard Supply Hardware, 1060 S Green Valley Road, ACE Hardware, 1820 Freedom Boulevard and 451 Main Street.)

Motor oil - use any plastic container with screw top
Oil filters - place in plastic bag
Transmission fluid - use any plastic container with screw top
Brake fluid - use any plastic container with screw top
Antifreeze - use any plastic container with screw top
Electronic waste including computers, monitors, phones, televisions

Household Hazardous Waste Advisory


  • Remember to never pour leftover materials down the sink, toilet, or storm drain.
  • It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash, down storm drains or onto the ground.
  • Do not mix different chemicals together and make sure no containers are leaking.