Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility

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.

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.

Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic waste recycling is now available for free at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

In accordance with California State law, electronic waste, known as e-waste, may not be disposed of in the trash. The program’s goal is to keep toxic material out of the Monterey Peninsula Landfill. Computer monitors and TVs with CRTs contain 5-8 lbs of lead, as well as mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals and chemicals. Hazardous materials collected are disposed of safely, and plastic glass and metal components are recycled or reused.

e-Recycling of California, the Bay Area recycler we send e-waste to, has achieved a 98% recycling rate for electronic items. They assure that all media and information containing devices are destroyed and recycled following FACTA guidelines.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle today! Our innovative program reuses or recycles nearly 60% of the incoming hazardous products collected from District residents. Since the majority of the household hazardous waste brought to the facility is still in its original container, and in reusable condition, the District makes these products available to the community at the Last Chance Mercantile. Products usually available include latex and oil-based paint products, cleaners and garden products. Most products are available FREE of charge.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility Staff

Jimmy Perez
Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor
831-264-6386

Facility Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.