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Household Hazardous Waste

Drop-off is available twice a month by appointment only on Saturdays for household hazardous waste and/or universal waste. Acceptable items include over-the-counter and prescription medications, fluorescent light tubes, motor oil and used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, chemicals (pool and others), household cleaners, and pesticides. The majority of medications are accepted as household hazardous waste excluding controlled substances. Some items can be dropped off at the HHW Facility without an appointment and during hours of operation. These items include: sharps waste (syringes or lancets) properly packaged for safe disposal, (used) motor oil, filters and antifreeze. Proof of residency is required.

To make an appointment to drop off your household hazardous waste on the next available Saturday at the Waste Management HHW Facility at 2880 Industry Street, please call Waste Management’s Customer Service line at (760) 439-2824.

Remove Batteries

If your nebulizer contains batteries, remove them and dispose of them separately. Learn how to dispose of batteries.

Compressor Is E-Waste

Anything powered by electricity, such as a nebulizer compressor, is considered e-waste. Find out how to dispose of e-waste.

Dispose of Leftover Medicine Separately

Any leftover medicine needs to be disposed of separately. Learn what to do with medicine and prescription drugs.

Mask, Mouthpiece & Tubing Are Garbage

The mask, mouthpiece and tubing from your nebulizer can go in the garbage.

Return to Medical Provider

Sometimes medical equipment can be returned to the doctor, clinic or hospital that provided them to you. Call your medical provider to see if you can return the nebulizer that is no longer needed.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Breathe Hope

The Breathe Hope Program by Global Links recovers gently-used nebulizer breathing machines and shares them with their partners in communities with need in the U.S. and abroad. Learn how to donate your nebulizer to Breathe Hope.

Donate Unwanted Nebulizers

If you have a nebulizer in usable condition, consider donating it or giving it away. Charitable organizations such as Little Wins, AFCA and MedShare will accept used, working nebulizers and give them to someone in need. Med-Eq is another option for donating gently-used nebulizers.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Used Equipment

Consider buying a used nebulizer if it’s available and meets your needs. It’s a more eco-friendly choice and can also save you money. Learn how to properly clean a nebulizer for safe use here.

Ways to Reuse

Sell or Give Away Locally

If your nebulizer still works, consider selling it or giving it away to someone in your community (after properly cleaning it!). Try listing it on a platform such as Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

Did You Know?

How to Properly Clean a Nebulizer