Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are items that pose a health or environmental threat when not disposed of properly. It's illegal to put HHW as paint, pesticides, batteries, e-waste (electronic waste), and fluorescent bulbs in the garbage, sink, toilet, or storm drains. Electronic waste (e-waste) is any electronic device that is no longer in use. It is illegal to dispose of electronic wastes in the garbage because they contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. View the Republic Services Comprehensive Recycling Guide for more information.
Richmond small businesses can properly dispose of HHW at the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Richmond. Businesses generating less than 27 gallons or 222 pounds of HHW per month may participate in the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program. Businesses should call West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste for more information at 1-888-412-9277.
For large businesses, establish collection services for HHW and E-waste using one of the providers listed under Hazardous Waste and Materials in the Contra Costa County Reuse and Recycling Guide. Businesses should call West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste for more information and fees at 1-888-412-9277.
Expired medications such as pills, syrups, and inhalers, and sharps such as needles, syringes, and lancets can also be disposed of for free at the HHW Facility. Call1-888-412-9277to receive a free sharps container in the mail. Visit the Republic Services Residential and Commercial Recycling Guidefor drop-off locations and more information.
Green Waste / Wood / Cardboard / Metal Only Drop Boxes
In addition to the carts and bins that Richmond businesses may receive for garbage, businesses may rent a drop box (10-40 yard with 2-6 ton capacity) from Republic Services. Drop boxes for separated green waste, wood, cardboard, and metal (20-40 yard) are available from Republic Services for a reduced charge. Contact Republic Services at 510 262-7100 to order a drop box or for more information. View commercial rates for drop boxes.