Residential Services

Household Hazardous Waste

Where Can I Dispose of HHW?

Lemon Grove residents may drop off household hazardous waste items (such as CRTs) free of charge at EDCO Station in La Mesa by appointment only.

Book a timeslot online, email, or call (619) 287-5696 ext. 4270 to schedule an appointment.

2022 HHW Disposal Dates (Appointment required. City of Lemon Grove Residents Only.):

Jan. 29

March 12

May 7

June 18

July 30 Sept. 24 Nov. 5 Dec. 3

Or utilize the Earth 911 recycling hotline to locate drop-off programs for hazardous and non-hazardous materials: 1-800-CLEANUP (800-253-2687) or

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic chemicals used around the home. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, or Corrosive are considered hazardous.

Household Hazardous Waste Includes Leftover:

  • Aerosol
  • Lighter Fluid
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Used Oil/Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Auto Batteries
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil-Based Paint
  • Auto Fluids
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Drain Openers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Gasoline (w/containers)
  • Solvents
  • Furniture Polish
  • Electronic Waste

Lemon Grove residents may drop off household hazardous waste items (such as CRTs) free of charge every quarter at La Mesa EDCO Station. Please call (619) 287-5696 ext. 4270 to schedule an appointment.

  • Do not transport more than the legal limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW
  • All container labels must be legible (no worn-off labels)
  • All containers must be sealed and not leaking
  • Do not mix different products into one container
  • HHW must be transported in the trunk of the car or another area away from passengers and pets


Paint may not be placed out for curbside collection or disposed of in a bin/container meant for solid waste. FREE paint recycling is available at drop-off sites throughout California. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint. They are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Below is a link to find a drop-off site near you and view hours and restrictions.

Find a PaintCare drop-off location

Prescription Drugs

Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet, put them in the drains, or throw them away with the trash. Always make sure to keep medicines out of reach of children and pets. Unused, unwanted, and expired medications can be taken to a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location and turned in anonymously in a secure collection drop-box.

When disposing of medication, make sure to remove all labels with personal information and recycle the containers at home. Place unneeded pills into a plastic container or zip lock bag.

Find a San Diego County Prescription Drug Collection Box Location

Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electronic Waste

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are commonly found in cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, household electronics, or power tools. They are considered hazardous waste when discarded. Unfortunately, more and more dangerous incidents involving explosions or fires caused by improperly disposed cell phones or Li-Ion batteries are reported.

All batteries and electronic waste must be properly recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility or event and NEVER placed in trash or recycling carts!

Batteries and most electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within. Even when batteries have reached their end-life, they still hold a small charge. If batteries are not discarded properly, they can potentially explode and cause a fire in a collection cart, truck, or disposal facility when crushed.

Lemon Grove residents may drop off batteries free of charge at our Customer Service office in Lemon Grove or a household hazardous waste collection event at EDCO Station in La Mesa by appointment only. See schedule above.

Watch a Short Animated Video on Battery Safety from the Avoid the Spark Campaign

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