Household Hazardous Waste

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Often it is necessary to reschedule or even cancel some of our regularly scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.

We HIGHLY recommend that you check our website prior to coming to make sure that the day you intend to drop off your hazardous waste is still available.  Please contact the Fire Prevention office at (818) 548-4810 if you have any questions.

We will be closed 5/26/18 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

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 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program

The Household Hazardous Waste Program serves residents of Glendale and La Cañada. The program is funded through a small fee attached to your Glendale Water and Power bill, as well as, grants from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

For residents of La Crescenta or Montrose if you pay a utility bill to Glendale Water and Power you can also participate in the program. Please bring a copy of the bill with you.

If you live in a city other than Glendale or La Cañada, click here for a Hazardous Waste Round-up near you.

Operating hours for the Household Hazardous Waste collection are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Wednesday and Saturday, except holiday weekends and if inclement weather (rain).

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection is conducted at the Environmental Management Center Located at 780 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 91201.

How to bring in your Household Hazardous Waste

A maximum of 15 gallons of liquid or 125 lbs of solid hazardous waste may be brought during each visit. The material is measured by the size of the container and not its actual content.

If possible keep the chemicals in their original labeled container and bring then in a sturdy box. Be prepared to leave your containers (we cannot empty your containers and return them). New containers will be provided for used oil only. Place the chemicals into the trunk of your car, or in the back of your truck/SUV/van, in such a way as to minimize any chance of spillage. Once you arrive at the EMC you will be ask for your name, address and a brief survey. Please remain in you car at all times and the staff will remove the materials for you.

Household hazardous waste is any material discarded from homes which may threaten human health or the environment when disposed of improperly. Many people don't realize it, but there are a lot of common household items that are considered to be hazardous materials. These include medications, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, lawn care products, pest control products, drain cleaners, pool care products, such as chlorine and acids, and household cleaners. Some household cleaners may be harmful separately or when combined, such as ammonia and bleach. The EMC will take these items for you and dispose of them properly.

To view a list of the materials that the EMC will take, please click here

The materials that the EMC cannot take are: Explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders other than propane, trash, tires or medical waste other than sharps.


Used Motor Oil Pick Up Program

The Glendale Fire Prevention Environmental Management Center (EMC) has established a used motor oil pick up program to provide Glendale residents with the convenience of having the oil picked up from their residence.  Residents of Glendale are encouraged to dispose of their oil and oil filters during the household hazardous waste collection program hours or by calling the EMC at 818.548.3227 for a free pick-up appointment to be scheduled for the following Thursday between 9am and 3pm.

How to prepare for oil pick up:

1. Pour the used oil into a clean container with a tight fitting cap (or a 2 ½ gallon container is provided by the EMC).

2. Do not mix the recovered oil with any other liquid.  Make sure oil is free from dirt, leaves, and other debris.

3. Call the EMC and schedule a pick up.

4. Place the oil container in your from porch or driveway, away from traffic.  Up to 10 gallons of used oil will be accepted.


Sharps Collection Program

The EMC provides a sharps collection program as part of the Household Hazardous Waste collection. If you use syringes or other devices to administer medication for such things as allergies or insulin injections you are creating a medical waste. Such waste, if not handled properly can induce injury and have the potential to transmit blood borne pathogens. We not only provide for the safe disposal of these items, but will also provide you with a sharps container to safely hold your needles, syringes, etc. Once the container is full or no longer needed, just drop it off at our facility during the HHW collection hours. If necessary we can provide you with a new sharps container at this time.

Small Business Hazardous Waste

The EMC offers a monthly collection and disposal of hazardous waste for small businesses that generate hazardous waste. Officially called a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator, these are businesses that generate only small amounts of hazardous waste, but still need to legally dispose of it. Businesses that generate less than 100 kilograms (27 gallons or 220 pounds) of hazardous waste per month may use our facility to dispose of their hazardous waste. Businesses are charged a fee based on the quantity of hazardous waste they bring in for disposal. However, due to the consolidation of waste from various other businesses it becomes much more affordable for the participants. Similar to the HHW program, certain types of hazardous waste will not be accepted. Please call prior to bringing any hazardous waste for disposal. Business waste is accepted by appointment only, to make an appointment or for more information call the EMC.

Waste Exchange and Prevention

Glendale's Household Waste Exchange Program collects and separates products that might otherwise end up in the landfill. These products are displayed at the waste collection facility where residents can select the needed items free of charge. Consequently, products can be used and not thrown away. Products are screened before being offered to the public. The program goal is to convince individuals to be more responsible and manage their household hazardous waste by using alternative nonhazardous products or by reuse, recycling or safe home disposal. This program advocate finding individuals or businesses willing to reuse or recycle unwanted or leftover products. Reducing the amount of waste through product exchange or alternative products can significantly reduce the City's costs. Paint disposal is currently a significant portion of the total household hazardous waste disposal costs. Because of this, paint has been targeted for exchange more than any other product. Most of the water based (latex) paint the City collects is reformulated and used for activities such as "Anti-Graffiti" programs. As a matter of fact, in 1999 the EMC building was painted with paint collected from Glendale residents.

Alternative Nonhazardous Products

Alternative nonhazardous products are those products that replace the use of more hazardous chemicals. Most of the products can be made from common household items found in most homes. The link below will take you to a list of easy to follow recipes to make a wide range of alternative products, from kitchen cleaners to wood stains.

Alternative Nonhazardous Product Recipes