Reduce Harmful Chemicals
Protect your family and Hayward’s shoreline by cutting down on toxic products and disposing of them in the correct manner.
Switch out your cleaning products
Ready to take the next step and save some money? StopWaste.org provides a list of alternatives to hazardous household products that you can make from simple home ingredients.
Switch out your toiletries and cosmetics
Keep microbeads out of our bay! Microbeads are tiny beads of plastic that are added to some cosmetics as exfoliants. Microbeads are small enough to pass through filters in water treatment plants, and they make their way into water systems and contaminate valuable ecosystems like the San Francisco Bay. If you do have products at home that contain microbeads, please dispose of them properly, and never pour them down the drain!
Get toxins out of your garden
When people use pesticides to kill the pests in their yards, they create a toxic environment. Pesticides can be harmful to your family, your pets, and Hayward wildlife.
Did you know that not all bugs are bad? Some are even beneficial to your garden. They help to get rid of the “bad” bugs that eat your plants and cause havoc in your garden. See facts sheets in English and Spanish on how to deal with common garden pests.
If you need to use products in your yard or garden, consider less toxic products like fungicides and herbicides. There are products on the market today that provide safer alternatives. See a list of safer garden products for each pest that was made by Our Water-Our World.
Proper Disposal of Hazardous Materials
Storing hazardous chemicals in your home can put your family at risk of exposure. Leftover hazardous waste should never be thrown in the trash or recycling bin, flushed down the toilet, or dumped down the drain or storm sewer.
Safely dispose of old hazardous waste at Hayward Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
- 2091 West Winton Avenue
- Open: Thursday/Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
- Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving week, Christmas week ,and New Years week