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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Resources

Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility

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

Appointments Required to Dispose Of Household Hazardous Waste During COVID-19

Before using the appointment tool, be ready to select a date and time, provide basic contact information and review safety requirements.

Make an Appointment To Drop Off Household Hazardous Waste

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • LARGE Appliances – Washers, dryers, etc – call Recology at (800) 243-0291 for pick-up
(by appointment only)
Open 8:30am – 1:30pm
1st & 3rd Sundays & Mondays
*Extra days for 2020
January 5
January 19
February 2
February 16
March 1
March 15
*March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 19
August 2
August 16
*August 30
September 13
September 20
October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
December 6
December 20
January 6
January 20
February 3
February 17
March 2
March 16
*March 30
April 6
April 20
May 4
May 18
June 8
June 22
July 6
July 20
August 3
August 17
*August 31
September 14
September 21
October 5
October 19
November 2
November 16
December 7
December 21

Electronic Waste Disposal and Recycling

The Household Hazardous Waste facility accepts most types of electronic waste, but if your old electronics are still working, consider donating them for reuse. The resources below will accept reusable electronics.

North Bay Conservation Corps (NBCC)
NBCC offers FREE pick-up of electronics to Novato residents.
Call them to schedule a pick-up

Goodwill Donation Centers – 2 locations
936 Seventh Street,
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
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
Accepts a variety of computer related equipment and small electronics for free.

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 (by appointment only)
(415) 892-7344

Medications and Sharps Disposal

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.
In Novato, CA
Sharps –
In Approved Red Sharps Containers
Unwanted Medications
Place In Ziploc Bag
97 San Marin Drive
(415) 899-7563
Yes Yes
including controlled substances
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 visit 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 Recycling Center
Used oil & oil filters
7576 Redwood Hwy. • (800) 243-0291 • 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:

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.