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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Hazardous Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes a variety of everyday household items, such as cleaners, paints, herbicides, insecticides, and solvents that would be harmful to the environment if they ended up in a landfill. 

HHW must be dropped off at a designated facility or special collection event for responsible disposal. Visit Los Angeles Sanitation to locate a S.A.F.E. Collection Center.  


What is Universal Waste?

Universal Waste is a form of HHW but is limited to more common, less toxic or dangerous items, such as Batteries, Electronics, Fluorescents, and used (motor) Oil and Anti-Freeze (B.E.F.O.). 


What is The Drop Zone?

The Drop Zone is a universal waste recycling drop off service for Burbank residents (must show I.D.). HHW is prohibited. The Drop Zone is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

These contain harmful materials and it is illegal to put them in the trash and recycling containers. 
Drop them off at the Drop Zone or any local collection program or event.

Batteries (rechargeable) are sensitive and have been the cause of fires in trucks and recycling facilities. Cal2Recycle and the rechargeable battery industry has a product stewardship program with recommendations on how to properly store, prep for disposal, and participate in battery drop-off sites.

Electronics include anything with a battery or a cord such as lighted toys, children's shoes, string lights, and small appliances. 

Fluorescents bulbs contain mercury and should be handled carefully. If they break, wear latex gloves and carefully clean up the fragments. Wipe the area with a damp disposable paper towel to remove all glass fragments and associated mercury. Keep the area well ventilated to disperse any vapor that may escape. After clean up is complete, place all fragments along with any cleaning materials into a sealable plastic bag. Wash your hands. Recycle these items along with intact lamps and alert the attendant about the broken bulb. 
You can bring your used oil to the Drop Zone for recycling. We operate Burbank's only self-service draining program so you can keep your container if you desire. We pay you back ten cents per quart (maximum 15 gallons). 

Not a Burbank resident or need to drop off on a Saturday? There are additional motor oil recycling options at these Used Oil Certified Collection Centers.

Benefits of Recycling Used Motor Oil

It takes 42 gallons of crude oil, but only one gallon of used oil, to produce 2 ½ quarts of new lubricating oil. Used motor oil can be re-refined into new lubricants, burned as fuel, or re-refined and made into a high-quality motor oil.

Protect Our Waterways

Oil poured into the trash, down household drains, into storm drains, or directly onto the ground pollutes groundwater, streams, rivers, and lakes. Recycling oil not only protects the environment, it preserves non-renewable resources.


Unused, unwanted, and expired medications (including narcotics) should NEVER go in the recycling, trash or toilet, but can be taken a HHW facility or event.

Local Retailer Take Back
Some pharmacy retailers now have convenient collection for used medications at 24-hour locations. (sharps are not allowed) 

Sharps (Needles)

It is illegal to put sharps in the trash or recycling. Workers get hurt! 

View the sharps drop off instructions (PDF) before visiting the Drop Zone. 


To dispose of needles and sharps, place them in designated sharps containers and bring them to a hazardous waste facility.

If you don’t have access to a designated sharps container, you can use a #2 sturdy laundry detergent bottle as long as the cap is secured and clearly marked as “SHARPS”. 
(Only use large and sturdy bottles that keep the needles from poking out).

Paint is one of the most common HHW items but can be easily recycled into new products.  The paint industry's product stewardship collection program Paintcare provides convenient drop-off with participating retailers or other HHW collection options. 
Visit CalRecycle for a complete list of prohibited items that cannot go in the trash and require HHW drop off in California.
Most government sponsored drop-off programs are intended for residents and may have some restrictions for business. If your business has a large amount of materials, it is recommended that you work with a specialized HHW collection company that can serve your specific needs. Visit Business Recycling Resources for additional information. 
Area Drop-Off options
Recycle Center
500 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502

Drop Off Center

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Drop Zone 
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(818) 238-3900