ReThink What You Flush

When it comes to garbage, it belongs in the trash

Your drains are not a trash can. The water from your home or business (toilet, shower, kitchen, etc.) gets treated and ends up into one of the most beautiful parts of our community, the San Francisco Bay.

Throwing anything other than toilet paper down the drains can cause sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and severely impacts your plumbing system, the District's sewer system, and the processes at the treatment plant.


Properly disposing of your waste will help protect public health and the environment.


Flush only toilet paper in the toilet!

PROTECTING WATER QUALITY STARTS WITH EACH OF US!


Where to dispose of Hazardous Waste

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program operates a drop-off facility in Hayward, located at 2091 West Winton Avenue. An appointment is not necessary.
For specific days and times, call: 1-800-606-6606 or visit www.household-hazwaste.org.

ACCEPTED MATERIALS

  • Paints, stains, varnishes, thinners, and adhesives
  • Auto products such as old fuel, motor oil, oil filters, and batteries
  • Household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, cleaners, and sprays
  • Garden products, including pesticides and fertilizers
  • Home generated “sharps” in approved containers
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicines, except for controlled substances

NOT ACCEPTED MATERIALS

  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
  • Railroad ties (scrap) or Railroad ties (usable)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Most compressed gasses
  • Computer Monitors (working or non-working)
  • CRTs & TVs (working or non-working)
  • Computers (working or non-working)
  • Electronic Equipment (working or non-working)
  • Microwave Ovens (working or non-working)

For more information on disposal and how to recycle other household products and unwanted pharmaceuticals, call or visit the following:

RECYCLING HOTLINE: 1-877-STOPWASTE
www.stopwaste.org
www.earth911.com
To prevent pollution of our waterways, visit: www.baywise.org