The City of Folsom picks up common Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at your residence through individual appointments. When making your appointment, please observe the following quantities and limitations: Quantities - Please limit the quantities for each pick up to a combined total of: 5 gallons of antifreeze, 5 gallons of used motor oil, and 10 one gallon cans and 2 five gallon pails of paint or paint related material. In addition to these quantities, other types of HHW should not exceed a total of 5 gallons or 50 pounds plus 125 pounds of universal waste.
Limitations - ONLY material generated from Folsom residences may be picked up. No material from outside the Folsom city limits will be accepted.
Unacceptable Items - We cannot accept the following: business, commercial or industrial hazardous waste (except Universal Waste), large compressed gas cylinders (greater than 7 gallons), biological or infectious waste, medical waste (except pharmaceuticals), explosives (fireworks, ammunition, black powder, blasting caps, marine flares), radioactive waste (ionizing smoke detectors, Tritium signs), leaking containers or containers larger than 5 gallons, non-hazardous waste (tires, appliances, treated wood waste use our Neighborhood Clean Up Program).
WE WILL NOT PICK UP UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS OR EXCESSIVE QUANTITIES FROM ANY RESIDENCE. AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION, ANY QUANTITIES EXCEEDING THE STATED LIMITS MAY BE LEFT BEHIND. ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE, AS NECESSARY, FOR WASTE PICK UP WITHIN THE REQUIRED LIMITATIONS.
Fluorescent Lamps(including compact fluorescent, high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps. See below for how to put them out for us!)
Batteries(all types- 5 pound minimum if batteries are the only items being picked up. Please store safely and save up household batteries.)
Paint-related materials (oil & water based paint, deck stains, paint thinner, water repellent.)
TVs and computer monitors(CRTs)
Consumer Electronics (including VCRs, DVDs, Printers, Stereo Amplifiers, Microwaves and Computer CPUs) Difficult To Handle Waste (corrosives, poisons, pool chemicals or cleaners)
WHAT ABOUT BUSINESSES OR NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS?
Only Universal Waste can be collected from these entities.
Please call (916) 355-8350 to arrange a non-residential pick up. For more program guidelines visit the non-residential page.
Instructions for safely preparing your HHW for pickup even if the containers are leaking.
Always ensure that your containers are leakproof. If you have a container that is leaking or looks like it may leak, then place the item in a Ziploc bag or in a plastic bucket.
When we pick up your waste, we will not return the containers that hold the waste. For example, if you leave out oil change kits, they will not be returned.
If you package your waste in containers that are not the original container of the waste (e.g., waste oil in a two-liter soda bottle), write a description of the contents on the container. If the contents of your waste are mixed, write the mixture on the container. For example, if you have some gasoline in your waste oil, write on the container "oil/gasoline" or "oil/antifreeze." In general, it is easier to recycle waste if it is not mixed.
An effective way to package used oil filters is to simply put them inside a sealed ziplock bag before placing them in a box to put on your driveway for pickup.
Here is a short video on how to put out your fluorescent lamps for recycling!
Instructions for safely preparing your HHW for pickup.
We require that you set out your waste in way the prevents kids or pets from getting into waste.
Please make sure that none of the waste can leak from container or mix.
If there's a chance that your waste item will leak from its container, please call City staff (916-355-8350) for assistance. We will help you to properly package the waste so that it does not leak when we collect it from your house. to properly package the waste so that it does not leak when we collect it from your house
Place your waste out by your garage door and nowhere near the street!
Prepare waste for pickup by simply ensuring that it is accessible to Hazmat staff. There is NO need to place it all together in boxes particularly IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE THAT CHEMICALS WILL LEAK AND MIX. If you consolidate your HHW in boxes, only place compatible chemicals near each other. See the images below for more information about preparing your waste for pickup.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU KEEP INCOMPATIBLE CHEMICALS FROM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER. DO NOT PLACE LEAKING CONTAINERS NEXT TO EACH OTHER. DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS. MIXING CHEMICALS CAN CREATE SIGNIFICANT HAZARDS TO YOUR HEALTH AND PROPERTY.
Different chemical groups to keep separated.
Poisons (pesticides and fungicides)
Click on the images below to learn more about labeling products that are in unmarked containers or about containing spilled chemicals. If you are concerned that a spilled chemical may pose a hazard to your family or pets, give us a call for advice about the chemical. Call 916-355-8350.