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Household Hazardous Waste, Pharmaceuticals, and Sharps


Hazardous waste generated by residents and businesses pollutes our waterways through sewers, storm drains, and landfills.  Household hazardous waste refers to items such as cooking oil, antifreeze, paints, upholstery cleaners, hair spray, etc. Other forms of hazardous waste include pharmaceuticals and sharps which add to the degradation of the environment and can put others in danger.  It is illegal to dispose of pharmaceuticals down the drain or toilet.  To help keep hazardous waste from reaching our waterways and local environment, take hazardous waste products to designated drop-off locations.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD)
Location: 4797 Imhoff Place in Martinez 

Drop-off Hours for Residents: Monday – Saturday, 9am-4pm (9am-3:30pm for reuse room)
Drop-off Hours for Small Businesses: Monday – Saturday, by    appointment only

The drive-through service is fast and efficient, offered free of charge to residents, with appointments available to businesses for a nominal fee. The facility also includes a reuse room that contains items in their original containers that are available free of charge and suitable for reuse.

Items NOT accepted at the facility: medical waste, sharps, and medications; wastes contaminated with PCB's at more than 50 parts-per-million (note: fluorescent light ballasts containing PCB's will be accepted); radioactive material; explosive waste; compressed gas cylinders (BBQ style propane tanks are accepted); and electronic waste.

For inquiries, contact CCCSD’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility by phone at (800) 646-1431 or email

Free Pharmaceutical and Sharps Disposal at the Martinez Police Department
Martinez Police Department
Location: 525 Henrietta Street, across from City Hall

To utilize the Pharmaceutical Disposal bin:

1. Empty all pills, caplets, etc. into a zip lock bag prior to placement in the container.
2. Take empty pill containers away for disposal in a home recycling bin. Remove any and all personal information from container prior to placing it in the recycling bin.
*Items not accepted in the pharmaceutical disposal bin: Medical sharps, controlled substances, batteries, and household hazardous waste.

To utilize the Sharps Disposal bin:

Sharps are a biohazard and cannot be disposed of in recycling or trash bins. Please only deposit needles, lancets, and similar items in the designated sharps container. 

*For additional pharmaceutical and sharps disposal locations and information, check out CCCSD’s Pharmaceutical Disposal Brochure and Republic Services Sharps & Needle Disposal page.