The Fresno County HHW program is committed to providing safe and efficient household waste management services. Learn more and find a drop off location.
WHAT IS HHW?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product that can cause serious illness or pose an environmental or health threat when not properly disposed. A typical home can contain an array of household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage.
These items should not be placed in the regular trash can and need to be disposed of in a safe environment. Most products are labeled as toxic, poisonous, corrosive or flammable and will contain the classification diamond symbol.
IN THE HOUSE
- Cell Phones
- Cleaners & Disinfectants
- Computers and Electronics
- Fluorescent Blubs
- Nail Polish & Remover
- Oven Cleaners
- Small Appliances
- Spot Remover
- TV's and Computer Monitors
IN THE YARD
- Mercury Thermometers
- Pool Chemicals
- Propane Tanks
IN THE GARAGE AND WORKSHOP
- Brake Fluid
- Paint, Stain or Varnish
- Paint Stripper
- Transmission Fluid
- Used Motor Oil
- Wood Preservatives
WHEN IMPROPERLY DISCARDED, BATTERIES POSE A SERIOUS THREAT OF CATCHING FIRE AND ARE TOXIC TO OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Did you know batteries contain hazardous metals and corrosive materials?
Once batteries end up in waste management facilities, they are often exposed to conditions that are ideal for battery ignition.
Battery fires endanger the lives of facility workers and firefighters, release pollutants into the environment, and cause costly damage and disruption to vehicles, equipment, and facilities.
In 2020 alone, it is estimated that waste management facilities in the U.S. and Canada experienced 2,620 total fires. (1)
Nationwide, about one waste management facility every month is destroyed due to battery fires. (2)
Why recycle batteries? They include valuable and limited minerals which could be reused, further reducing toxic environmental impact and supporting economic growth.
For a complete list of battery drop off locations in Fresno County, go to https://cleanupfresnocounty.com/drop-off/#drop-off
HELP STOP ILLEGAL DUMPING - YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Did you know it’s illegal to dump trash and bulky items in front of homes, businesses, rural properties, or on the street? Illegal dumping negatively affects our beautiful communities and unattractive accumulations of waste take time and money from community improvement. Let’s all do our part to protect our environment and community.
Avoid illegal dumping fines and don’t leave trash along our streets and roads. Check out how you can properly dispose of trash, bulky items or liquid for free at one of our drop-off locations. If you’re not sure if a product is hazardous, visit our Drop Off Site and Resources here.
You Can be Part of the Solution
- Dispose your own waste properly
- Lock/ cover your bin
- Secure debris transported in the back of your vehicle
- Avoid street placement
See It! Report It! Be observant and report who, what, where, when and how. To report or learn more about illegal dumping, please visit FresnoCountyRoads.com or call Road Maintenance and Operations at 559-600-4240.
If you see illegal dumping within the city limits, please contact your city's Solid Waste Department to report it.
The Fresno County HHW program offers free residential drop-off services. Please remember to call the locations to make sure that the material is accepted prior to drop off. Not sure what to do with your HHW? Visit our Drop Off Sites and Resources here.