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Instructions for Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous material is anything that has toxic, poisonous, harmful, dangerous, or {in)flammable on the container's label.

Maintaining and improving the health of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary requires responsible actions from all users of the area. Everyone can help by not putting toxic chemicals, oils, plastics, and other garbage in the water.

To help boaters and the general public be responsible citizens, the Santa Cruz Port District can accept some wastes, but not others. For those wastes the Port District cannot accept, suggestions are offered for proper disposal.

State licensing requirements for storing, transporting and treating hazardous materials preclude the Port District from accepting wastes other than those outlined below.

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Hazardous Waste Products the Port District Can Accept

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Oil Filters
  • Waste Oils

These items may be disposed of at any of the four waste oil stations (see map):

  • Lower east side - S┬Ědock
  • Upper east side - X-dock
  • Lower west side - FF-dock
  • Upper west side - G-dock

The following guidelines must be followed when leaving hazardous waste at one of these stations:

  • Antifreeze should be left in marked containers. Antifreeze should never be poured into the waste oil containers.
  • Batteries may be left inside the door, or, outside, if space is not available.
  • Oil filters should be placed in containers provided.
  • Waste oil should be poured into the tank itself. Please leave empty waste oil containers in the garbage cans provided.

No other products or wastes should be left at these facilities.

Waste Products Not Accepted by the Port District & Alternatives for Disposal

The Port District does not accept any petroleum products other than waste oil, such as:

  • Old gasoline with, or without, water contamination
  • Waste oil contaminated with water
  • Solvents
  • Oil based sludges or solids

Only a commercial business can take old gasoline or water contaminated oil - these hazardous materials can be taken to::
Bayside Oil II, Inc.
210 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 427-3773

The Port District does not accept any paints. varnishes. epoxies,. or other vessel coatings.

  • Empty, dried, containers of the above can be disposed of in garbage cans or dumpsters.*
  • Containers with completely solid contents may also go into garbage cans or dumpsters.*

Containers with liquid, or semi-liquid contents should be taken to landfill sites in Ben Lomond, Watsonville, or Santa Cruz.

The Port District does not accept wastes from "preparation" work.

Every effort should be made to prevent sawdust shavings, sanding materials, and other "preparation" wastes from entering, or falling, into the water. These waste products should be placed in a closed container, and disposed of in a dumpster or garbage can.

The Port District does not accept household hazardous wastes and other toxins.

The City and County of Santa Cruz accept most hazardous wastes (free to residents) at three landfill sites, including the following:

  • Paint and paint products
  • Degreasers, solvents
  • Flammable liquids
  • Outdated or unused medicines
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Fuel
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Waste motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Auto batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Hard plastics and metals

Do not bring:

  • Compressed gas cylinders over 5 gallons
  • Explosives
  • Infectious wastes
  • Radioactive materials
  • Reactive wastes

State Law Prohibits Transporting more than 15 Gallons of Hazardous Materials per Vehicle Trip.


Hazerdous Waste Stations

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