The Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) program responds to incidents in the city involving the discharge of hazardous substances on or near the public right-of-way or other public property. Hazardous materials include such substances as paint, plaster and building materials; motor oil and other automotive fluids; pool chemicals and diatomaceous earth. The HAZMAT team provides emergency clean-up response to keep hazardous substances out of our streets, curbs, gutters, storm drains and, ultimately, our ocean. The HAZMAT crew trains with Fire Department personnel to achieve a coordinated effort on hazardous material incident response.
The HAZMAT program is responsible for the proper disposal of all city-generated hazardous wastes. These wastes vary from illegal drugs and manufacturing chemicals seized by the Police Dept. to used motor oil generated by the city's vehicle maintenance program.
The crewmembers promote public awareness and education by distributing educational materials to the public during incident response. The crew also staff information booths and displays equipment during community events.
For inquiries or to request service, please contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at (714) 960-8861. Click on the link for business hours and after-hours emergency information.
Household Hazardous Waste
Televisions, computer monitors, fluorescent tubes, prescriptions, household batteries, automotive fluids, paints, and household cleaning products are all examples of hazardous waste which are commonly found in homes, garages, and storage sheds. These items may NOT be placed in the trash, and trash containing them will not be collected.
Residents may drop off these hazardous wastes for FREE at the Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center. This center is conveniently and centrally located here in Huntington Beach at Rainbow Environmental Services .
17121 Nichols St., Gate 6
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays, holidays, and when raining
Sorry, but business waste is not accepted. Please call the County of Orange at (714) 834-4000 for more specific information about collection center operation.
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City of Huntington Beach
Public Works Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5431
Fax: (714) 374-1573