HHW 2013


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program

Since 1986, MRWMD has offered the local communities a convenient and safe collection program for household hazardous waste.

Annually, the District receives approximately one million pounds of HHW and electronic waste from local residents and small businesses. Of this amount, 60% of the material, such as paint and household products are made available for (free) reuse at the Last Chance Mercantile and items like electronics, batteries, and fluorescent bulbs are sent to recycling facilities for processing.

Hours of Operation:

Household Hazardouse Waste Facility is Open:
Tuesday – Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m.
Closed Monday
(Businesses should call ahead for an appointment.)

It’s the Law!

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the trash, storm drains, or sewer. Hazardous and other prohibited materials, as defined under California law and regulations, may not be disposed at the Monterey Peninsula Landfill or the Materials Recovery Facility. Accepted materials can be received at the MRWMD Household Hazardous Waste Facility, from residents and small businesses (CESQGs) from within the District’s service area.*Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes waste – chemical and solid – generated incidental to maintaining a residence, small business, vehicle and yard. It carries labels which indicate that it is harmful to humans, animals and/or the environment.

MRWMD Provides HHW Collection Monday- Saturday

Drop-Of And Transport Limits

Residents: 15 gallons or 125 lbs per turn-in

Small Businesses: 27 lbs. or 220 lbs. per month

Please prepare and pack your material for safe transport.


HHW From Small Businesses Or CESQGs

Small businesses, schools and non-profit organizations located within the MRWMD Service Area* and generating less than 27 gallons or 220 lbs. of hazardous waste per month, are classified as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG).

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What’s HHW & What’s Accepted?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes waste – chemical and solid – generated incidental to maintaining a residence, small business, vehicle and yard. It carries labels which indicate that it is harmful to humans, animals and/or the environment.

Household Hazardous Waste also includes other types of regulated waste including, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronic waste, and health care products (medication and sharps).

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Battery and Bulb Recycling

It is against State law to dispose of your batteries and fluorescent light bulbs in the trash or your curbside recycle bin. They contain harmful material for human health and the environment.

The good news is that they can be recycled. Household Batteries and Fluorescent Light Bulbs can be brought to the HHW Collection Facility or dropped off at designated sites in your community for recycling.

Electronic Waste Recycling

In accordance with California State law, electronic waste, including T.V.s and monitors may not be disposed of in the trash.

MRWMD hosts an electronic waste recycling program Tuesday through Saturday. It is located behind the Last Chance Mercantile, and is free to the public.

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Proper Disposal of Unused Medications

Medications should never be flushed down the drain.

The District can receive “over the counter” medication and medical sharps (safely sealed in a sharps container and/or sealed and labeled plastic bottle).

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Many products and supplies used for maintenance of home, auto, landscape and business contain potentially harmful material and toxic chemicals. You can reduce the use of and exposure to these materials, by purchasing safe, durable, nontoxic products for these environments (www.greenseal.org and www.calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/), or in some cases making your own.

More and more businesses are adopting green procurement policies which prescribe the use and purchase of safe and earth friendly products. Samples can be found at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/buyrecycled/Policies/

Consider becoming a Monterey Bay Green Business.



Monterey County Health Dept. Environmental Division: www.mtyhd.org

California Department of Toxic Substances Control: www.dtsc.ca.gov

Cal Recycle – Extended Producer Responsibility: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/

Green Seal Organization: www.greenseal.org

E-Waste Recycling: www.erecyclingofcalifornia.com

California Product Stewardship Council: www.CalPSC.org

*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur