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.
Upcoming HHW Monthly Events
Household Hazardous Waste Program
The City of Thousand Oaks operates a monthly Household Hazardous Waste collection program for residents of Thousand Oaks and unincorporated Ventura County areas. These free collection events regularly serve over 300 participants and collect up to 30,000 pounds of toxic waste that may otherwise have been placed in the trash or illegally dumped.
How to Participate - Make a Free Appointment
Participating in a FREE City Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event 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 event registration schedule above and click on the appropriate link to schedule an appointment online.
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.
On the day of the event
- 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.
- 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 sealed containers. Please note, containers will not be returned.
- Pack materials securely to prevent tipping and spilling.
Drop off your hazardous waste: After driving through the check-in station, program staff will unload and process your hazardous materials. You never leave your vehicle!
Household Hazardous Waste Program Schedule
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event are scheduled for March 1 and April 12, 2014. Click here to schedule an appointment
Household Hazardous Waste Program Details
Materials Accepted at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event:
|In the house: |
Fluorescent light bulbs
Holiday light strands
Medical needles (sharps)
Nail polish and remover
Used Frying Oil
|In the yard: |
|In the garage: |
Oil and oil filters
Waxes and polishes
|In the workshop: |
Glues and adhesives
Paint (all kinds)
Wood preservatives and finishes
*State law restricts the transportation of more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds per vehicle.
Materials NOT Accepted at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event:
|Biological waste |
Other Types of Hazardous Waste Disposal
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.
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.
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
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.
Visit these websites for additional information:
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.