household hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste

In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, green waste, or recycling containers, down the drain or toilet, or by abandonment. If these products are handled or disposed of incorrectly, they may pose a threat to humans, animals, and our environment. Household hazardous waste needs to be disposed of through a Household Hazardous Waste Program.
  • The Tulare County HHW Program is available for Tulare County Residents only.
  • Drop off your Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for free.
  • No business or commercial waste accepted.
335 N. Cain Street – (559) 713-4531
OPEN Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The facility accepts the following materials:


  • water spot remover, etc.

Aerosol Cans

Automotive Products

  • anti-freeze
  • batteries
  • brake fluid
  • carburetor cleaners
  • diesel fuel & gasoline
  • fuel injection cleaners
  • oil & oil filters
  • transmission fluid


  • automotive
  • household (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Laptop batteries, etc.)
  • rechargeable tools

Cell Phones & Toner Cartridges

Hobby Supplies

  • adhesives
  • clay and glazes
  • metal cleaners
  • photo chemicals
  • wood cleaners

Household Products

  • cleaners
  • disinfectants
  • grease solvents
  • polishes
  • lighter fluid
  • makeup
  • oven cleaners
  • rust remover

Kitchen Oil & Grease

  • NO Cottonseed Oil

Light Bulbs/Tubes
-LIMIT: 20 total per visit (Not greater than 4 feet long)

  • fluorescent tubes
  • circular
  • compact fluorescent
  • u-bend tubes
  • high intensity discharge
  • mercury vapor
  • high pressure sodium
  • low pressure sodium
  • broken lamps

Paint Products

  • craft paints
  • enamel (oil-based paints)
  • lacquers
  • latex (water-based paints)
  • nail polish & removers
  • paint strippers & thinners
  • varnish
  • wood preservatives
  • wood stains


  • fertilizer
  • fungicides & herbicides
  • insecticides & nematocides
  • rat poison & snail bait
  • termiticides

Pool & Spa Chemical

Propane-Small Cylinders

  • camp-style, 16.4 oz. or less
  • propane cylinders ONLY


Tulare County
HHW Mobile Events
(559) 624-7400
Upcoming Mobile Cleanup
Events are Saturdays
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

October 3, 2015 – Tulare
Tulare Fire Station
2082 Foster Drive

October 17, 2015 – Porterville
West Olive Fire Station
22315 Ave 152

November 7, 2015 – Lemon Cove
Lemon Cove Fire Station
32490 Sierra Drive

November 21, 2015 – Springville
Springville Transfer Station
33731 Hwy 190

 Used Oil & Oil Filter Drop Off Locations
After you change your car or truck
motor oil, simply take the used oil
and oil filters to a nearby Used Oil & Oil Filter Drop-off Center.

HHW Recycling-Only
Collection Facilities

Pena’s Disposal, Inc.
(559) 528-3909

12094 Avenue 408, Cutler
OPEN: Tuesdays-Thursdays-Saturdays
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Porterville Corporation Yard
(559) 782-7514

555 N. Prospect St.
(Enter on Grand Ave.)
OPEN: 3rdSaturday of the Month
8:00 a.m.-12 noon

The Recycle-Only Collection Facilities accept the following materials:
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil & Oil Filters
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • E-waste
  • Kitchen Oil, Grease, Fried Scrapings
No Cottonseed Oil

California PaintCare Program

California Paint Care Program offers a free Paint Drop Off Program for interior and exterior architectural coatings. Drop off paint or other coatings at the locations listed below. Paint is accepted during regular business hours. Call ahead for hours and to make sure the store can accept your amount of paint.

These sites accept latex and oil-based house paint, stains, sealers, and clear coats (shellac and varnish) in limited quantities. These sites do not accept aerosols (spray paint or other spray products), containers without original labels, or containers that are empty or leaking.

For more information visit

Glidden Professional Paint Center
2010 E. Mineral King Ave., Visalia
Information: 732-2286
Restrictions: Limit: 5 gallons
3220 Mooney Blvd., Visalia
Information: 734-0861
Restrictions: Limit: 20 gallons
1212 W. Olive Ave., Porterville
Information: 781-5129
Restrictions: Limit: 5 gallons
Orchard Supply Hardware
2230 West Walnut Avenue, Visalia
Information: 733-5986
Restrictions: Limit: 10 gallons


Please follow these guidelines:
DO make sure all hazardous materials are in their original containers, sealed, labeled, and not leaking.
DO limit your load to 5 gals. or 50 lbs. per visit.
DO drop off your residential hazardous materials at one of Tulare County’s Mobile Events.
DO NOT mix products.
DO NOT place unused hazardous material into your trash, yard waste or recycling container.
DO NOT use hazardous materials down the toilet or pour them down the drain.
Items Not Accepted

The following items are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility:

agricultural waste
ammunition, fireworks, explosive
commercial waste
compressed gas (butane, lighters, etc.)
mercury counterweights & dampers
mercury-added novelties
prescriptions drugs
propane cylinders & tanks – Exchange large containers for new or take to propane company for disposal.
radioactive waste (smoke detectors, etc.)
syringes, lancets, needles etc.
For more information visit the Other Solutions page or contact Tulare County at (559) 624-7400.

Commercial Hazardous Waste Disposal
Below is a partial listing of companies that may provide disposal for commercial hazardous waste from offices, warehouses, restaurants, industrial, schools, etc.
AERC Recycling Solutions: (510) 429-1129
Asbury Environmental: (559) 217-2232
Clean Harbors: (408) 451-5000
Green Compass Environmental Solutions:
(559) 925-1340
Safety Kleen: (559) 486-1960
References on this website do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by CWMA. The CWMA cannot endorse or appear to endorse any specific commercial product or service.