Household Hazardous Waste

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It is illegal for area landfills to accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). It is vitally important to keep HHW out of landfills where it may affect water quality and impact area resources. Water infiltrating buried waste can collect a variety of harmful substances that may be present, and carry them into ground and surface water supplies as landfill leachate. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) may be disposed of HHW at the following Goleta locations:

Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Mesa Road, Building 565
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 882-3602

Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil, Paint (ABOP) Collection Center
Goleta Recycling Center
20 David Love Place
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 964-1498

Household Hazardous Waste products exhibit one or more of the following characteristics and must be disposed of properly:

CORROSIVE Substance or vapor that can cause irreversible damage to skin or other material
FLAMMABLE Easily ignites at almost any temperature
REACTIVE     Gives off toxic vapors or explodes when combined with air, water, or other products
TOXIC    May poison, injure or cause death when eaten, inhaled or absorbed through the skin


Medication Disposal

In June 2016, the County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell product in our county to establish and fund a free collection program for unwanted household medications. MED-Project, the organization implementing the program on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, installed the first round of collection kiosks in March 2018. Sites in the Goleta & UCSB area include: CVS Pharmacy (5875 Calle Real and 189 Turnpike Road) and the Sheriffs Department, Isla Vista Substation (6504 Trigo Road). Additional sites around Santa Barbara County can be found in the "Where to Go" section and can also be accessed on MED-Project's website.

Visit these other sites to learn more about hazardous waste:

CalRecycle: Electronic Waste Recycling

CalRecycle: Recycling Used Motor Oil

Santa Barbara County: Recycling Used Motor Oil

Santa Barbara County: Hazardous Waste Information

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