CVSan Recycles Day

The next CVSan Recycles Day for Alameda County residents only will be held at Canyon Middle School on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The collection event will focus on Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Click here to view a map of the event drop-off stations at Canyon Middle School.

1. Hazardous wastes generated in the course of living in and maintaining your place of residence. Common household hazardous wastes are listed below. Wastes generated in the course of operating a business at a residence do not qualify.

Yes: 125 lb./15 gallon limit per resident.

  • Paint: Stain, shellac, solvents, thinners, additives (see below), oil paint, and latex paint.
  • Adhesives: Putty, caulk, epoxy, mortar, stucco, cement, and wood glue.
  • Auto: Fuel, waxes, batteries, additives, motor oil, oil filters, and antifreeze.
  • E-Waste: Computers, TVs, radios, printers, other consumer electronic devices having significant circuit boards. Visit for a complete list.
  • Garden: Sprays, fertilizers, ant traps, pesticides, herbicides, rat poison, and gopher bait.
  • Misc.: Pool chemicals, photo chemicals, acids & caustics, household batteries, bleach & cleaners, and fluorescent bulbs.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Old, expired, or unneeded prescription and non-prescription drugs accepted. Please empty pills into zippered bags and recycle plastic containers. Liquids, ointments, and powers are to remain in their original containers.

No: Asbestos, ammunition, compressed gas*, explosives, fire extinguishers, flares, radioactive materials, railroad ties, smoke detectors, treated wood, and appliances: refrigerators, washers, dryers, and air conditioners. Controlled substances, health and beauty aids, vitamins, nutritional supplements, digestive aids, herbal remedies, illegal substances and paraphernalia, infectious waste, business/institutional waste, medical devices and equipment, and personal care items.

*Most compressed gases (propane in <5 gal cylinders accepted at Hayward Facility). For asbestos, railroad ties or treated wood call Altamont Landfill (925) 455-7300.

2. For the Alameda County HHW flyer and modified schedule please click here.

Flyer for CVSan Recycles Day 8/8/2015 Event

Recycle Your Leftover Paint & Cans

Recycling your leftover paint in California is more convenient than it used to be.  October 19, 2012 marked the first day of California's Paint Stewardship Program, kicking off with 335 retail collection sites across the state.


In Castro Valley, there are two PaintCare locations where paint is accepted during regular store hours only.  There is no fee for dropping off paint at PaintCare locations, and the limit is 5 gallons per visit per day.  

  • Kelly Moore, 3090 Castro Valley Blvd., phone: 510-690-9249
  • Dunn-Edwards, 20923 Redwood Road, phone: 510-881-0313

What’s Accepted: Interior and exterior architectural paint sold in containers of 5 gallons or less will be accepted (latex, acrylic, water-based, oil-based, enamel, deck coatings, primers, sealers, stains, shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, swimming pool paints, metal coatings, and rust preventatives). 

Who Can Participate: Residents, trade painters, contractors, and businesses (that produce less than 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month) are eligible to participate.  Both new and old paint can be dropped off, even if it is over 20 years old.

California’s PaintCare Program is a result of Assembly Bill 1343 (Huffman), passed in 2010.  Leftover paint is a national problem representing 40-60%, by volume, of all HHW collected at public facilities.  In California, it is estimated that paint management currently costs local governments $21 million each year.  California is the first state in the nation to have a permanent paint stewardship program.

CVSan passed Resolution 3289 on August 7, 2012 in support of Extended Producer Responsibility.

Bring 'Em Back

When your old fluorescent bulbs go dark, don’t throw them in the trash or recycling bins.  Instead, Bring them back to a participating retailer where they’ll be disposed of properly.  It’s a great way to protect the environment and support local businesses.  For more information on this program please visit

In Castro Valley Bring 'Em Back to:

  • Pete's Ace Hardware, 2569 Castro Valley Boulevard (Please drop off only during normal business hours.  If you have large quantities of bulbs, place them in a box).


Dispose of household hazardous waste safely, conveniently -- and FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste facility

Examples of household hazardous waste

Are expired or unused medicines in your bathroom or kitchen?

Other sharps disposal options

Other battery disposal options

Waste Management online service for compact fluorescent bulb recycling from home

Hazardous waste (Small Business Generator Program) 

Dispose of HHW Safely, Conveniently -- and Free at the HHW facility!

Check your house, garage, and yard for common household products (such as cleaners, paints, car products, and pesticides) that may be hazardous to your children, your pets or the environment.

Words such as danger, warning, caution, poisonous, and flammable on the labels can mean a product is toxic. Label the toxic products you find as a reminder to use them up and dispose of them safely. Do not put such materials in garbage cans or storm drains.

Facility Locations and Hours

The following facilities are open to residents of Alameda County.  No appointments are needed for residents.  Multifamily property owners must make an appointment and follow specific guidelines available at  

  • Fremont facility, 41149 Boyce Road, Wed. - Fri., 9 - 2:30; Sat., 9 - 4
  • Hayward facility, 2091 West Winton Avenue, Fri. 9 - 2:30; Sat., 9 - 4
  • Livermore facility, 5584 La Ribera St, Fri. 9-2:30; Sat., 9 - 4
  • Oakland facility, 2100 East 7th Street, Wed. - Fri., 9 - 2:30; Sat, 9 - 4

Please visit or call 800-606-6606 for more information about services as well as tips for purchasing less toxic alternatives.