Prohibited from Residential Service

Dublin recognizes that there are significant environmental and human health impacts associated with household products that contain toxic materials. These materials, when disposed of improperly, can be harmful to our community. As a result, certain items require special attention and should not be placed in your garbage and recycling bins. These include items that are classified as household hazardous waste, universal waste, and sharps waste. Also, large items that may or may not be hazardous have special disposal instructions. Below you will find helpful links and information on those items.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Many products commonly found in the home or business contain materials that are harmful when improperly disposed. These products are considered hazardous waste and can pollute our land and water. These items are not allowed in the trash, recycling, down the drain, or on the ground.
Examples of HHW include:
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive products
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes or bulbs
  • Household cleaners
  • Motor oil
  • Non-empty aerosol cans
  • Paint, varnish, stain
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer
no chemicals
HHW Drop-Off Event
AVI will coordinate a 1-day Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event available to all Dublin residents, usually provided once a year in the month of May. This event offers a safe and convenient way to properly dispose of unwanted HHW. Please watch your mailbox and our website for more information on event location and date.

HHW Collection Facilities
If the next HHW drop-off day is not convenient, you can take HHW to several facilities in the area. The nearest site is in Livermore, visit the Stop Watse Livermore HHW Facility page for hours, drop-off days and directions. For more information, other facility locations, operating dates and hours, call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 800-606-6606 or visit Stop Waste.

Universal Waste
Universal waste is hazardous waste that contains mercury, lead, cadmium, copper, and other substances harmful to human and environmental health. Universal waste items may not be discarded in your trash receptacles or recycling bins.
Examples of Universal Waste include:
  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Many other electronic items
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
no appliances
no computers
Universal Waste Collection
You may call AVI at 925-479-9545 and arrange for a large item pickup for some universal waste items. For items that AVI cannot pickup, and for other disposal locations, please visit Stop Waste.

Sharp Item Waste
Certain sharp items, called “sharps waste,” present health and safety issues for waste management. The California Health and Safety Code defines “sharps waste” as any device having acute rigid corners, edges, or protuberances capable of cutting or piercing, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
  • Blades
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Hypodermic needles with syringes
  • Needles with attached tubing
  • Syringes contaminated with biohazardous waste
  • Acupuncture needles
  • Broken glass items contaminated with biohazardous waste
  • Items capable of piercing or cutting that are contaminated with trauma scene waste
Beginning on September 1, 2008, California State law made it illegal for residents to dispose of sharps waste in trash or recycling containers. This law requires that all sharps waste be transported in an approved container to a collection center.

How can you dispose of sharps waste?
Please do not place sharps waste in your garbage or recycling bins. There are several accepted options for disposal such as:
pharmacies and hospitals who have take-back programs; mail-back service available from a number of providers approved by the California Department of Public Health; or Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities.

For more information, facility locations, operating dates and hours, call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 800-606-6606 or visit Stop Waste.