Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.


Household Hazardous Waste Residential Drop-Off Program

The City of Thousand Oaks is pleased to announce the opening of its NEW permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2010 Conejo Center Drive in Newbury Park.  This state-of-the-art hazardous material collection facility is now open by appointment Friday and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm for residents of Thousand Oaks and Unincorporated Ventura County areas to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products.


Household Hazardous Waste Facility
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.  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 registration schedule below and click on the appropriate link to schedule an appointment online.  Drop off appointments are available most Fridays and Saturdays between 9 am and 1 pm.

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.

Be sure to review the information on the event homepage and complete the on-line registration form. A confirmation e-mail will be sent following successful registration.


Household Hazardous Waste Facility Schedule:
(Click on the date you would like to drop off your materials to schedule an appointment)
On the day of your appointment:
  • Carefully transport your hazardous waste to the collection site (see Transportation Guidelines below)
  • 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:

  • It is against the law to transport 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 monthly 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 Material Reuse Store. For more information on the Material Reuse Program, click here
Household Hazardous Waste Material Guidelines

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

In the house:
Aerosol sprays
Batteries
Fluorescent light bulbs
Holiday light strands
Liquid cleaners
Medical needles (sharps)
Nail polish and remover
Oven cleaners
Polishes
Used Frying Oil
 
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

Other 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 Program or at the following drop-off locations.

Facility

Address

Battery Drop Location

Alex Fiore Teen Center 1375 E. Janss Road Front Desk
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
Newbury Park Police Resource Center 2331 Borchard Road 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
Westlake High School 100 N. Lakeview Canyon Front Office


Click here to view the Thousand Oaks Household Battery Recycling flyer.

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.


Other 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

Click here to visit Home Depot's Eco Options webpage and learn more about the CFL Recycling Program.

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:

EPA Chemical Data Access Tool - Use this online tool to find chemical health and safety information submitted to the EPA.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database provides easy to understand information on the potential health effects of ingredients contained in more than 4,000 common household products.

The Big Green Box offers companies and consumers an easy, low cost way to recycle batteries and portable electronic devices.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) to locate the nearest drop-off and collection sites for used and rechargeable batteries.

"Clean It" Guidebook - Click here to download this useful guidebook for tips on safer cleaning products and house cleaning methods that really work!

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