Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste

What is Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste?

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is any material (gas, liquid, or solid) from a home that may pose a health threat to people, animals, or the environment if handled or disposed of improperly. Common examples include chemicals labeled "poison," "toxic," "flammable," "corrosive," or "reactive," electronic devices, batteries, medical sharps, paint, motor oil, and products containing mercury (including fluorescent bulbs).  

HHW should never be thrown into the trash or poured down the sink, sewer or storm drains.  Improper disposal may injure refuse workers, pollute ground water, waterways, and the ocean, potentially destroying marine life.  For these reasons, improper disposal is illegal. 

How do I dispose of HHW?

If you would like to dispose of HHW and electronic waste, the City offers 8 free collection events each year for City of La Mesa residents.   HHW can be dropped off by appointment only and there is a limit of 15 gallons, 125 pounds, or five monitors and/or TVs. 

If you live within the city limits, please call EDCO at 619.287.5696 ext. 4270 or email to schedule an appointment. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number.

Information for Homebound Residents

Residents with physical or other limitations that prevent them from driving are eligible to participate in the City of La Mesa’s household hazardous waste/electronic waste Home Pickup Program. This program is available to La Mesa residents of any age who are physically unable to participate in a drop-off event. If you meet the criteria, call EDCO at 619.287.5696 ext. 4270 to schedule a home pickup.

Surrounding Areas

If you live in Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, Rancho San Diego, Spring Valley, or another unincorporated area, call the County of San Diego at 877.713.2784 for household hazardous waste program information in your area.

PaintCare Paint Stewardship Program

Recycle your leftover paint with PaintCare, an industry sponsored paint stewardship non-profit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused architectural paint. PaintCare has established hundreds of drop-off sites at paint retail stores, government-run household hazardous waste facilities, and other locations across California. These sites accept program products (primarily latex and oil based paint) in containers of 5 gallons or less from all residents and certain businesses.

Locate a participating PaintCare location. 

Learn more about PaintCare in California.

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