Hazardous & Universal Waste

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It is illegal to dispose household hazardous wastes (HHW) in the garbage/recycling, down drains, or onto the ground, as further explained at this State of California website. The Glendale Fire Department accepts hazardous waste  from Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge residents only at the City's Environmental Management Center (EMC), including items like:

  • Fluorescent lights
  • Batteries
  • Poisons
  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Expired medication
  • Sharps (To dispose of needles, you must pick up a container from the EMC first and then return it to the EMC when full. Medical needles do not go in your curbside containers!)

Please visit the Fire Department's website or call (818) 548-3862 for a pre-recorded message on types and quantities of waste accepted as well as who is eligible to use this city service.

The Environmental Management Center (EMC) is open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9AM-1PM and is located at:

  • 780 Flower St., Glendale, CA 91201


For more information, contact Integrated Waste Management at (818) 548-3916.


Drop off recycling at the Glendale Recycling Center (540 W Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA).

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:45pm
  • Saturday: 8am-3:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Visit the City owned buy-back center and receive cash for California Redemption Value (CRV) materials.

In addition to curbside materials & CRV, you can also drop off batteries and electronics including: cables, cell phones, computers/towers/laptops, tablets and televisions.

There is a $0.35/lb. charge for the following items: CD players, printers, fax machines, DVD/VCR players, VHS tapes, CD's, stereos, speakers, lamps, vacuums, coffee pots, toasters, microwaves, and any items containing circuit boards.

*For the most up-to-date information regarding what materials are accepted, call the Glendale Recycling Center at (818)522-2870.


S.A.F.E Hazardous Waste Drop Off (4600 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90039)

  • Open Saturday and Sunday - 9am-3pm

Visit www.earth911.com for more information.


Throwing batteries in the trash is illegal in California & can be dangerous. Glendale residents may now recycle their used household batteries at public counters throughout the City. 9 volt, AA, AAA, C cell, D cell, lithium, mercury button, and Ni-Cd batteries are accepted at these public counters.

Larger size batteries such as computer or lead-acid car batteries are accepted at the Environmental Management Center (EMC) on every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm.

Battery recycling bins have been placed for public use at the following locations:


For more information, contact Integrated Waste Management at (818) 548-3916.