Hazardous Waste & Oil Recycling

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Toxic household materials like motor oil and oil filters, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaners and old batteries are too hazardous to throw in the trash. Once in a landfill, they can contaminate ground water and pollute our creeks, channels, bays and the ocean.

Take your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of Orange County's four convenient collection centers. You can also recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the City, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.


Orange County has one of the most extensive and efficient household hazardous waste collection programs in Southern California. With four permanent collection facilities open five days a week, including Saturdays, and offering fast drive-up and drop-off service, a quick and convenient way to safely dispose of your household hazardous waste is right around the corner. Just follow these directions:

  • A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip.
  • Materials should be in original containers, except motor oil, fuels and antifreeze.
  • Place your items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original, labeled containers. All containers should have lids, not leak and be protected from breakage.
  • Do not combine types of waste, or mix oil-based paint with latex paint.
  • If you want a container returned, like oil containers and boxes or crates used to transport materials, please notify the collection attendant in advance. Some containers may not be returnable.

Accepted Materials:

  • Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil)
  • Paint products
  • Batteries (home and car)
  • Personal care products
    Computer monitors and televisions
  • Consumer electronic devices
  • Cosmetics
    Fluorescent lamps
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Hobby supplies
    mercury thermometers & thermostats
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Propane barbecues tanks
  • Fuels
  • Unused road flares
  • Medicines
  • Wood preservatives

Unacceptable Materials:

  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Radioactive materials
  • Biological materials
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Business-generated materials


The following locations are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., except for rainy days and major holidays, including 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. For more information, call 714-834-4000.


Stop and Swap Location
1071 N. Blue Gum Street
Between the 91 and 57 Freeways on the corner of La Palma and Blue Gum.
Additional Information and Map

The Stop and Swap is a unique and free program that allows you to drop off household, yard, and car care products you no longer need and pick up others you can use.

Huntington Beach:

Rainbow Recycling and Disposal
17121 Nichols Street
Between Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street, off Warner Avenue at Rainbow Recycling and Disposal. Use Gate 6.
Additional Information and Map


Stop and Swap Location
6411 Oak Canyon
Between the 5 and 405 freeways, next to the City Corporate Yard and Animal Shelter.
Additional Information and Map

San Juan Capistrano:

Prima Descha Landfill
32250 La Pata Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
From the 55 Freeway, Exit Ortega highway,go east to La Pata and turn right.
Additional Information and Map

For more information about Orange County's landfills and household hazardous waste collection programs, visit O.C. Integrated Waste Management Department.


You can recycle used motor oil and oil filters at one of the many certified collection centers throughout the City, including most auto parts stores and gas stations.

At the California Integrated Waste Management Board's website, you can get a list of used oil collection centers in your city just by entering your zip code.

For more information, call the City of Newport Beach's Water Quality Division at 949-644-3215.

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