Disposing of Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste
From industrial chemicals to household cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, even
computer monitors and television screens, hazardous materials and wastes are part
of our everyday lives. Hazardous Materials are substances which because of their
chemical, physical or biological nature pose a potential risk to life, health,
safety or the environment. When a hazardous material, and even some common
products such as batteries and CRT monitors become un-usable, contaminated or
leak into the environment it can become a hazardous waste. The Gilroy Chemical
Control Program, which is in the BLES Division of Community Development, is the
agency that has oversight of hazardous materials disposal by businesses and
organizations in Gilroy. Any business or organization that generates hazardous
waste is required to have a Permit from the Chemical Control Program and be
inspected for proper handling and disposal practices.
Residents can use the County-wide Household Hazardous Waste Facility located
in San Martin to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes at no charge.
This facility only operates for a three-day period, once each month and residents
are required to make an appointment. Please call 408-299-7300. There is also a
program available, at a fee, for businesses that generate less than 27 gallons
(100kg) of hazardous waste each month.
For more information call the Gilroy Chemical Control Program, which is in the
BLES Division of Community Development at City Hall at 408-846-0451.