How To Dump Asbestos And Lead-Based Paint Chips In San Francisco

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Directly From SF Recology

If the asbestos and lead paint are from your client’s San Francisco residence or San Francisco business, they can drop that off to our hazardous waste facility with some packaging requirements. Our facility is near 501 Tunnel Ave. (Enter on Recycle Road). See below for more info.

Residents can drop off for free on Thursdays to Saturdays from 8am-4pm with proof of their residency. No appointment is needed. 15 gal or 125 pound per day limit.

Businesses drop off is by appointment only for a fee:

  • $0.25 per pound for asbestos
  • $0.50 per pound for lead paint chips
  • $3 per gal for lead paint

SF Business Hazardous Waste 

Please call our Small Business Hazardous Waste Program (VSQG) at 415-330-1425 to schedule a drop-off date. There is no pickup service. There may be a small fee depending on the type of waste.

Business HazWaste Drop Off is two Wednesdays per month from 8:30am-11:30am at 501 Tunnel Ave. HazWaste Facility. You can bring up to 27 gallon of the actual content of waste per month or 220 pounds. Businesses need to have an EPA ID # to use that program.

If you need to get an EPA ID, please go to the website: https://dtsc.ca.gov/apply-for-hazardous-waste-epa-id-number/ and select the appropriate ID # (Small generators just need the State ID.)

Asbestos Handling and Packaging

We recommend hiring an asbestos abatement company to safely remove asbestos from homes or businesses. If you are doing it yourself, we recommend you to get some safety supplies like disposable gloves, safety glasses, disposable clothing (tyvek suits/bunny suits,) HEPA (pink cartridge) air purifying respirator, duct tape, large/thick plastic bags, soapy water spray bottle.

Wet the asbestos with soapy water and place it in heavy-duty plastic trash bags, or bags made specifically for asbestos removal. The bag must be at least 6 millimeters thick at a minimum (you can find thick bags or double up). Ducts and pipes must be no longer than 5 feet. If you can’t find bags that are large enough, double wrap the ducts and pipes with heavy-duty plastic and duct tape. Each bag should weigh no more than 30 pounds. Write “Waste Asbestos” on each bag.  You can also put in any disposable gloves/clothing that were used in handling asbestos in another sealed bag for disposal.

Lead-based Paint Chips

Please place paint chips into sealed plastic bags. Preferably around the size of a basketball but no larger than 5gal so we can handle them easily and fit them into our drums. Please keep trash to a minimum (only the removed paint chips please.)

Lead-based Paint

Bring in original container or another container that is sealed/closed and label “lead paint.”  Container should be 5gal or smaller. 

Most of this info can be found at this link: https://www.recology.com/recology-san-francisco/hazardous-waste/
Go to the bottom of the website and select the appropriate Tabs

From American Air Testing

In no way should this information be understood or construed that removing asbestos is any form is a DIY or a handyman or a general contractor type of job. Asbestos is a dangerous material. The hooked fibers of friable asbestos stay in fabrics – drapes, carpet, clothing, bedding, etc. – and become airborne when disturbed. When the fibers enter nasal passages and land in the lungs they stay there causing scarring and lung damage. If more than 100 sq. ft. are removed, this becomes a “Major Asbestos Release” as identified by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This can become extremely expensive to clean up and very time consuming.

Lead-based paint chips causes mental retardation in children under 7 and usually cannot be reversed. And breathing/ingesting lead dust isn’t healthy for the older population and pets.

The few dollars you save using a handyman, etc., can have serious and expensive consequences.