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Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center for Small Business
A business that generates hazardous waste is considered to be a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) if it generates less than 220 pounds or approximately 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month, or a maximum of 2.2 pounds of acutely hazardous waste per month. CESQGs are required to manage hazardous waste in accordance with all state and federal regulations, although they have been granted special status to allow them to participate in the city's program.

Saving you Time:

If you are a Small Quantity Generator in the City Of Santa Monica, you may bring your hazardous waste to the Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center for Small Business at the Santa Monica City Yards.  Appointments required.  Appointments available on  the second Wednesday of the month from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Please include the following with any correspondence: business name, phone number, address, contact person.
  • Appointment and fee will be issued by staff with a follow-up call or email.
  • All SM businesses must show their business license when they dispose of waste at the HHW.
  • Acceptable forms of payment are a company check or personal check.
Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center for Small Business
2500 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Drop-off Center Phone (310) 458-8255

Saving you Money:

Businesses will be charged a disposal fee based on the types and quantities of waste brought in and a transaction fee as outlined in the following fee table.  The fee is designed to cover the City’s costs in processing and disposing of the waste.  Payment is due when waste is dropped-off at the facility.

Waste Type Cost per Gallon/Unit
Batteries Free
Paint - latex/oil-based $6.00 per gal.
Flammable Solids & Liquids $17.00-$24.00 per gal.
Poisons - pesticides $29.00-$39.00 per gal.
Corrosives - cleaners $21.00 per gal.
Chlorinated Solvents $25.00 per gal.
Compressed Gas (aerosol cans) $5.00 ea.
Waste Oil $1.00 per gal.
Oil Filters Free
Engine Coolant $1.00 per gal.
Fluorescent Light Tubes $0.14 per foot
U-shaped Fluorescent Lamps $1.50 ea.
O-shaped Fluorescent Lamps $0.48 ea.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps $2.20 ea.
ARC/UV Lampes $3.35 ea.
Low Pressure Sodium Lamps $3.35 ea.
HID or High Pressure Sodium Lamps $2.20 ea.
Biax Lamps $2.20 ea.
Coated/Shatter Shield Lamps                $3.35 ea.
Hazard Category Testing * $15.00-$50.00
Transaction Fee T.B.D.
*for known chemicals

Transportation of Hazardous Waste:

Proper Transport of Hazardous Waste: State and federal law prohibits the transport of over 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste at any one time. A special variance may be issued through the City to allow a business to legally transport between 15 and up to 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste at one time to the Hazardous Waste Drop-off Center for Small Business. No variance is necessary for shipments of up to 15 gallons. Businesses may request this variance when making their drop-off appointment. When transporting hazardous waste to the collection facility, all materials should be in an original container if possible and covered with a secure fitting lid. The contents of each container must be clearly labeled.
For additional information contact the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at (310) 458-2223.
Last updated: Wednesday, 08/12/2020

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