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Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “Household Hazardous Materials” or “HHW.” Products such as cleaners, oils, batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides require special care when you dispose of them. See also our dedicated pages for motor oil and filter recycling as well as paint recycling


Household Hazardous Waste Residential Drop-Off Program

The City of Thousand Oaks operates a permanent, state-of-the-art Household Hazardous Waste Facility, open by appointment  Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm for residents of Thousand Oaks and unincorporated Ventura County. (NOTE: If you are a Thousand Oaks businesses seeking to dispose of hazardous waste, please visit our Hazardous Waste for Businesses page.)

Appointments are required for household hazardous waste disposal. Click on a date below to schedule an appointment.  (NOTE: if the links below do not work, try using a different internet browser. (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox)

Please scroll down for materials accepted and other guidelines.

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The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at: 2010 Conejo Center Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320


How to Participate

Make a Free Appointment (required)

Scheduling an appointment to drop off your material at the new Hazardous Waste Facility is easy - just follow these 3 steps:

  • Step 1 - Review the list of accepted materials (below) to see if you have hazardous waste that qualifies for the program.
  • Step 2 - Verify that you are a Thousand Oaks or unincorporated Ventura County resident.  (You can use the County's "County View" website to check your jurisdiction.)
    If you do not live in one of these areas, you will not be able to participate. Please check your city or county website for hazardous waste collection programs in your area.
  • Step 3 - Schedule an appointment (Required). Refer to the schedule of registration days above and click on the appropriate link to schedule an appointment online.  Drop off appointments are available on Fridays and Saturdays between 9 am and 1 pm, except for major holiday weekends.

    A confirmation e-mail will be sent following successful registration.

Register early! On-line registration closes at 12 p.m. the Thursday prior to each collection event. Appointment times are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will not cancel events in the event of rain or inclement weather.

For questions about the Hazardous Waste Facility, e-mail gogreen@toaks.org, or call (805) 376-5007.

Thousand Oaks Business Owners: Click here for information about the City's Small Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

On the day of your appointment:

  • Carefully transport your hazardous waste to the collection site
  • Arrive promptly at your scheduled time.
  • Bring a valid ID or utility bill to verify residency.
  • When you arrive at the Household Hazardous waste facility, you MUST REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE, while a technician unloads the hazardous materials from your vehicle.

Transportation Guidelines:

  • A state law prohibits transportation of more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste at any one time in your vehicle.
  • Never mix chemicals!
  • Place loose materials in sturdy, non-leaking containers with secure lids (original containers are preferred).
  • Please note, containers will not be returned (except for used oil collection containers).
  • Pack materials securely to prevent tipping and spilling.


Material Reuse Program

The Material Reuse Program operates alongside the City's weekly Household Hazardous Waste Collection events and is located at the HHW Facility at 2010 Conejo Center Drive in Newbury Park. Appointments are not necessary to shop at the City's Material ReUse Store.


Household Hazardous Waste Material Guidelines

Materials Accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility during regular operating hours:

In the house

  • Aerosol sprays
  • Batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Holiday light strands
  • Liquid cleaners
  • Medical needles (sharps)
  • Mercury-containing items
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oven cleaners
  • Polishes
  • Used Frying Oil
  • Electronics

In the yard

  • Fertilizers
  • Fungicides
  • Pesticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane cylinders
  • Weed killers

In the garage

  • Antifreeze
  • Auto batteries
  • Brake fluid
  • Engine cleaners
  • Gasoline
  • Oil and oil filters
  • Waxes and polishes

In the workshop

  • Glues and adhesives
  • Paint (all kinds)
  • Paint thinners
  • Photo chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Wood preservatives and finishes

*State law restricts the transportation of more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds per vehicle.

Materials NOT Accepted:

  • Biological waste
  • Business waste
  • Radioactive materials
  • Medications
  • Controlled substances
  • Explosives/ammunition
  • Tires
  • Appliances (anything with freon)


Locations for Battery Disposal

Battery Recycling

Household batteries of all sizes (AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9 Volt, etc.), both rechargeable and single use are considered hazardous waste when discarded. All household batteries can be recycled at the City's Household Hazardous Waste Facility (see above) or at the following drop-off locations.

Warning: Lithium button batteries are very dangerous to children and pets. Improper handling or storage may result in death or injury. 
Batteries are also fire hazards. Click here [PDF] to read about 9 Volt battery safety.

Disposal Tips for community battery disposal bins listed below: Deposit used alkaline and rechargeable household batteries only. Please tape contacts of lithium batteries. No automotive or motorcycle batteries. No plastic bags.

FACILITY

ADDRESS

BATTERY DROP LOCATION

Borchard Community Park 190 Reino Road Front Entrance
Dos Vientos Community Center 4801 Borchard Road Front Lobby (next to front desk)
Goebel Senior Center 1385 E. Janss Road Front Lobby
Grant R. Brimhall Library 1401 E. Janss Road Children's Entrance & Adult Entrance
The Home Depot 2747 Teller Road Store Entrance
Newbury Park Library 2331 Borchard Road Front Entrance
Thousand Oaks City Hall 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 1st Floor - Public Works Lobby
2nd Floor - Finance Dept. Lobby
3rd Floor - Police Resource Center
Thousand Oaks Community Center 2525 N. Moorpark Road Front Entrance
Thousand Oaks Transportation Center 265 S Rancho Road Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: Automotive and industrial batteries are not accepted at these drop locations. Automotive and industrial batteries can be recycled at a City of Thousand Oaks Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Return to the top of the page for hazardous waste collection dates and program guidelines.


Locations for Fluorescent Light Disposal

Fluorescent Light Disposal

Unbroken fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights can be taken to any Home Depot store for disposal. Compact fluorescent lights are deposited in bright orange collection boxes near the store entrance.

Fluorescent tubes can be turned in at the customer service counter.
Thousand Oaks Location:
2745 Teller Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 375-6680

Broken fluorescent bulbs require immediate attention to minimize exposure to mercury vapor contained in the glass tubing.

Click here to view the EPA's guidelines on what to do if a fluorescent light breaks in your home.


Additional Resources

For additional information and curbside recycling information, visit the  Residential Curbside Collection page.