House Hold Waste
Products that contain flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive materials are considered hazardous. In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down the drain, or by abandonment (Section 25218 of the California Health and Safety Code).
Beginning 9/1/2008, state law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in a biohazard sharps container.
Beginning 2/9/2006, California's Universal Waste Rule (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4.5, Chapter 23) expanded the list of household products that are deemed hazardous and banned from landfill disposal, including batteries, fluorescent lighting, mercury thermometers and other common items that contain mercury, as well as computers, TVs, cell phones and other consumer electronic devices.
The California Tire Recycling Act, passed in 1989 and amended in 2000, banned the disposal of whole tires in California landfills. State law allows for no more than 9 tires to be transported without a waste tire hauling permit and manifest.
AB 1343, enacted in 2010 (Chapter 420, Statutes of 2010), requires architectural paint manufacturers to set up and administer a system to properly manage leftover paint. PaintCare, the manufactures' product stewardship organization, is currently in the process of recruiting retail collection sites throughout the state.
Landfill bans, introduced in 1991, require the removal of Freon, PCBs and other hazardous constituents from major appliances.