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Recycling and Hazardous Waste Disposal Resources

Novato Hazardous Waste Facility

Novato Hazardous Waste Facility, located at Facility, 7576 Redwood Blvd. accepts drop-offs of household waste between 8:30-1:30; 1st & 3rd Sundays & Mondays.

Questions? Call HHW HOTLINE- (415) 892-7344

WASTES ACCEPTED AT THE HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY
  • Aerosols – all kinds
  • Auto Products – polishes, antifreeze
  • Asbestos in small amounts, double-bagged
  • Batteries – all kinds
  • Building products, sealers, caulking, glues
  • Cosmetics, nail polish
  • CRT's (TV's or computer monitors – up to 5)
  • Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
  • Fuels – gasoline, kerosene, butane, lamp oil
  • Household cleaners, polishes, disinfectants
  • Motor oil & oil filters
  • Paints (oil base & latex), stains, solvents
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers
  • Pool & photo chemicals
  • Pet products
  • Spray paints
  • Small propane tanks & fire extinguishers
  • Sharps (in approved containers only)
  • Televisions
  • Thermometers & thermostats
WHAT'S NOT ACCEPTED
  • Explosives or ammunition. Call your local police
  • Asbestos in large amounts. We only accept up to 2 30 gal. size trash bags of asbestos
  • Radioactive waste.
  • Medical or biological wastes. Call the County Health Department
  • Business or commercial waste. Call the Novato Business Hotline at (415) 892-6395
  • Medications. Bring old prescription medications to the Novato Police Department
  • Appliances – No microwaves, washers, dryers, etc – call Novato Disposal at (415) 897-4177 for pick-up
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2017 HHW FACILITY SCHEDULE
Open 8:30am – 1:30pm
SUNDAYMONDAY

January 8
January 15
February 5
February 19
March 5
March 19
April 2
April 16
May 7
May 21
June 4
June 18
July 2
July 16
August 6
August 20
September 10
September 17
October 1
October 15
November 5
November 19
December 3
December 17

January 9
January 16
February 6
February 20
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March 20
April 3
April 17
May 8
May 22
June 5
June 19
July 3
July 17
August 7
August 21
September 11
September 18
October 2
October 16
November 6
November 20
December 4
December 18


Electronics, fluorescents and household batteries

Electronics, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescents and household batteries are considered hazardous waste, and CANNOT be disposed of in the trash. When disposed of improperly, these products can pollute our land and waterways with heavy metals, such as zinc, mercury and cadmium.

Electronics Recycling

Goodwill Donation Centers – 2 locations
936 Seventh Street,
AND
Vintage Oaks Shopping Center (Rowland Boulevard, behind Marshalls)
Hours: Mon-Sun – 8:30-12:00; 1:00-5:00
Accepts a variety of computer equipment, WORKING OR NOT, for reuse or recycling

Marin Computer Resource Center
42 Digital Drive, #3, Novato CA
(415) 883-1428
www.mcrc.org
Accepts all types of electronics, including microwaves, for FREE. Call for hours

Renew Computers
446 DuBois Street, San Rafael, CA
(415) 457-8801
Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:00-5:00; Sat – 10:00-3:00
www.renewcomputers.com
Accepts a variety of computer related equipment and small electronics for free.

Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Click Here For Address, Times and Other Details
Accepts up to 5 monitors or TV's for free. Call (415) 892-7344 for more information

HOUSEHOLD E-WASTE DROP OFF EVENTS
Novato conducts E-Waste recycling events twice a year in the spring and the fall. Watch for a special mailer regarding dates and times.

Fluorescents and Household Battery Recycling

  • Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescents contain mercury vapor, an acutely toxic material, and cannot be disposed of in the trash.
  • Household batteries contain heavy metals such as zinc, cadmium and lead.
  • Tape ends of all NON alkaline batteries with electrical or duct tape to prevent shorting before disposal.
  • Keep fluorescents and household batteries separate to prevent breakage, and recycle at the following Novato locations:

Novato Recycling Center
7576 Redwood Blvd.
Hours: Tues – Sun 10:00-4:00

Novato Builder's Supply
800 Sweetser Ave.
Hours: Mon-Fri – 6:00-5:00; Sat – 7:00-4:00

Pini's Hardware
1535 South Novato Blvd.
Hours: Mon-Fri – 7:00-6:00; Sat – 8:00-5:30 and Sun – 9:00-5:00

Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility
7576 Redwood Blvd.
Open 1st and 3rd Sun and Mon of each month
Call (415) 892-7344 for more information


Medications and Sharps Disposal

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

October 28, 2017 will be National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For more information, please visit the Office of Diversion Control's Take-Back Initiative page

Novato’s Safe Disposal Program for Unwanted Medications and Sharps Waste

Novato Sanitary District, in partnership with the Novato Police Department, encourages you to safely dispose of all unwanted medications. Drugs that are flushed down the drain can pollute our marine environment, soils and groundwater. Protect your family by keeping all drugs away from children and pets. Medications can be dispose of at the locations below.

Sharps Waste Disposal

Improperly disposed of, sharps (needles, lancets and syringes), can result in serious injury and illness to children, pets and disposal workers. It is illegal to dispose of sharps in the trash or recycling containers. Sharps can be safely disposed of at the locations listed. They must be packaged in “approved” red sharps containers, which are available at collection locations.

Notice: Not All Locations Accept Medications
Place Unwanted Medications In A Ziploc Bag And Deliver To The Locations Listed Below.
COLLECTION LOCATION
In Novato, CA
ITEMS ACCEPTED
Sharps –
In Approved Red Sharps Containers
Unwanted Medications
Place In Ziploc Bag
Kaiser Building A
97 San Marin Drive
(415) 899-7563
Yes No
Novato Community Hospital Lab
180 Rowland Way
(415) 209-1420
Yes No
Novato Police Dept lobby
909 Machin Ave.
(415) 897-4361
Mon-Thurs – 10am-5pm
No Yes
including controlled substances
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy
7514 Redwood Blvd.
(415) 892-3722
Yes No
Safeway Pharmacy
5720 Nave Drive
(415) 881-9260
Yes No
Novato HHW Facility
7576 Redwood Blvd.
(415) 892-7344
Yes No

For More Information:

Call HHW hotline at (415) 892-7344 or Click Here for The Marin County Environmental Health Website


Used Motor Oil Recycling

Recycle Your Oil in Four Easy Steps

  • Drain. From your car, truck, boat or garden equipment. Don't spill any.
  • Contain. Put used motor oil in a sturdy, unbreakable container with a tight fitting lid.
  • Don't Mix. Contaminated oil cannot be recycled and is very expensive to dispose of.
  • Recycle at one of the locations listed below. Don't forget to recycle the filter too.

CA Certified Collection Centers offer 40 cents per gallon for used oil.

NOVATO USED OIL COLLECTION CENTERS
Novato Recycling Center
Used oil & oil filters
7576 Redwood Hwy. • (415) 897-4177 • Tues-Sun: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Oil Changer
Used oil & oil filters
CA Certified Center
133 Vintage Way
(415) 897-0134
Mon-Sun: 9:00am – 5:00pm
O'Reilly's Auto Parts
Used oil only
CA Certified Center
1400 So. Novato Blvd.
(415) 897-5338
Mon-Sat: 7:30am – 9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Pennzoil 10 Min. Oil Change
Used oil & oil filters
CA Certified Center
908 Diablo Avenue
(415) 898-5823
Mon-Sat: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sun: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Call for exact hours of operation and quantities accepted

One Gallon of Used Motor Oil Can Pollute a Million Gallons Of Drinking Water!

If you change your own motor oil, make sure you always recycle

  • It's California law. Dumping used motor oil is illegal and carries a hefty fine.
  • Used motor oil is insoluble, persistent and can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
  • Used motor oil is slow to degrade.
  • Used motor oil in the water is toxic to fish and other aquatic life.

NOTE: Much of the information on this page is derived from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and CalRecycle. For more information please go to: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/UsedOil/Recycle.htm

Did you know? If all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, it would provide enough motor oil for more than 50 million cars each year.
Interesting Re-Refined Oil Facts
  • Used motor oil from cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, farm equipment and lawnmowers can be recycled and re-refined.
  • 2.5 quarts of re-refined lubricating oil can be produced from one gallon of used motor oil.
  • Re-refining oil is energy efficient – less energy is required to produce one gallon of re-refined oil than to produce base stock oil from crude.