Hazardous Waste Generators

Some commercial and industrial businesses generate hazardous waste. It is vital that these materials are handled, stored and properly disposed of to prevent storm water pollution and polluted urban runoff.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any unwanted product that is labeled DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, POISON, TOXIC, FLAMMABLE, CORROSIVE, REACTIVE, or EXPLOSIVE. Some common items that are considered HHW are: 

  • Aerosols
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Batteries (auto, household, rechargeable)
  • CRTs (cathode ray tubes, TVs and monitors)
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Household Cleaners
  • Mercury Items (some thermometers)
  • Motor Oil and Oil Filters
  • Paint and Stains (latex and oil)
  • Pesticides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane
  • Solvents

When these items are not properly disposed of, they can release toxic or poisonous pollutants to the environment. These products can cause illnesses and disease among humans, animals and plants.

DO NOT Pour HHW products down the drain, on the ground or into storm drains. It is illegal and improper to put these products in the trash as well. Each City has a designated HHW disposal site. In Oceanside contact Waste Management for disposal options at 760-439-2824. I f you are trying to dispose of materials from your business you should contact your industry environmental professional to determine the proper way to dispose of hazardous materials that your business generates.

Safely transport your HHW materials to the proper disposal sites – call ahead for hours of operation and to see if there are limitations on quantities and types of materials accepted. When transporting HHW materials, keep them in closed, leak-proof containers to prevent spills and mixing of chemicals.

For local resources - use the following links:

Also available are on-line publications from the Department of Toxic Substance Control.


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Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the
Urban Runoff Hotline at 760-435-4500.