What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is illegal to dispose of in landfills.  Hazardous waste can be harmful to humans and the environment.  Examples of common household hazardous waste are motor oil, paint, household cleaning supplies, pesticides, sharps and pharmaceutical waste.  Illegally disposing of these items can result in harmful effects on the environment and harsh fines.  Read below for ways to properly dispose of your household hazardous waste. Visit the Universal Waste and Electronic Waste pages for information on proper disposal of these additional types of hazardous waste.

Are you a DIY’er?  Do you do your own oil changes on your vehicles?  Did you know Waste Management of Woodland offers curbside used oil collection services – and it’s FREE!  Contact Waste Management to request an oil collection jug and an oil filter bag to be dropped off at your residence for used oil curbside collection.  Once the filter bag and oil jug are full, set them both next to your recycle bin on your regular pick-up day to be emptied and returned to you.

Or if you prefer to take in your own oil and filter, here are the collections centers in Woodland:

Please call ahead for quantity limits and filter acceptance

  • AutoZone – 90 W. Main St. – (530) 406-1871
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts – 16 W. Court St. – (530) 661-7580
  • SpeeDee-Midas Oil Change & Tune-up – 216 W. Main St. – (530) 662-5605
  • Sundance Express Lube – 420 Pioneer Ave. – (530) 661-2504

Click on the images below for other oil recycling locations throughout Yolo County:

Did you know that most car makers suggest more than 3 months or 3,000 miles in between oil changes? Following the 3,000-mile myth generates millions of gallons of unnecessary waste oil every year, which can pollute California’s natural resources. Oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty!  Recycling your car’s used motor oil it into re-refined oil, which uses less energy than new oil production and is an environmentally beneficial method of managing used oil.  Used oil goes through the same process as crude oil and must pass the same tests as virgin oil.  Visit the websites below for more information on re-refined oil.

Beginning September 1, 2008, the California Health and Safety Code makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.

Collection/Drop-Off Sites:

Yolo County Central Landfill – 44090 County Rd 28H, (530) 666-8729

Scientific studies show sometimes alarming levels of human medicines in U.S. waterways. Sewage treatment systems cannot remove these medicines from wastewater, and they end up in lakes and rivers, where they can adversely affect aquatic animals. For this reason, medications should not be flushed down the drain. See the Don't Rush to Flush flyer or below to find out where to take unwanted or expired medications.

  • Non-controlled substances only: Yolo County Landfill during the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days
  • Non-controlled and controlled substances: Drop off unwanted medications at a local pharmaceutical kiosk. Click here to view locations in Woodland and Yolo County.

See links below for more information on sharps and medical waste.


Program Support:
Conservation Coordinator: (530) 661-2059
E-mail: recycle@cityofwoodland.org