Hazardous Waste Policy Notice

Dear Customer: The following information needs your immediate attention due to increasing requirements by State and Federal agencies to properly dispose of potentially hazardous waste. The waste generator (Customer) has been identified as the responsible party in determining liabilities for the improper disposal of potentially hazardous waste.

WE DO NOT MANAGE WASTE THAT IS HAZARDOUS. PUT HAZARDOUS WASTE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Hazardous waste is not accepted in any Milpitas Sanitation collection carts or bins. For information on disposal locations, please call the Santa ClaraCounty Household Hazardous Waste team at 408-299-7300 or HHW.org for more information.


fluorescent tubes
cathode ray (TV)
motor oil and filters
car batteries
paint and paint supplies
medicine/prescription drugs
needles and other sharps
toxic cleaners
pressurized gas tanks
freon/appliances containing freon
bulk containerized transported waste
liquid waste
sludge waste
industrial process waste
pollution control waste residue from clean-up of a spill
contaminated soil or other items from a clean-up of a special waste disposal, treatment, recycling site
chemical laboratory waste
poly-chlorinated by phenyl (PCB) contaminated articles, equipment and/or clothing asbestos
commercial products or chemicals that are outdated, contaminated or banned
infectious or pathological waste from hospitals, medical practitioner/veterinary clinic
parts from slaughter house or rendering plant
fruit/vegetable/grain processing waste
septic tank pumping
sewage sludge
grease trap waste from restaurants and residences car wash/laundromat wash water contaminated dismantled industrial process equipment
closed cartridge filter from dry cleaning establishments
animal waste
treated wood waste – wood that has been treated with a chemical preservative.

What is Treated Wood Waste? Treated Wood Waste (TWW) comes from old wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives. These chemicals help protect the wood from insect attack and fungal decay while it’s being used. Fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails, and decking, to name a few, are all examples of chemically treated wood. As of January 1, 2021, Treated Wood Waste (TWW) will be considered hazardous material and must be disposed of as such.

PROHIBITED ITEMS (Customer will be charged a fee for each item listed below if found in debris box – fees found on rate sheet):
white goods
mattresses/box springs
treat wood waste – A minimum $100 fee will be charged for treated wood waste

Thank you for your cooperation. Any questions please contact us at 408-988-4500.

Milpitas Sanitation