Reduce Harmful Chemicals

Protect your workers and Hayward’s shoreline by cutting down on toxic products and disposing them in the correct manner.


Switch out your cleaning products

The Environmental Working Group has conducted extensive research to be able to grade various cleaning products on their likely hazardous impact to health and the environment.

Ready to take the next step and save some money? provides a list of alternatives to hazardous household products that you can make from simple home ingredients.

Get toxins out of your landscaping

Pesticides can be harmful to your workers, customers and Hayward wildlife. If you need to use products on your landscaping, 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.

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.

Lady Bugs

Proper disposal of hazardous materials

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. The City has a Clean Water program that monitors the wastewater coming from your operation, so please dispose of hazardous waste at a designated facility.

Hayward has a Household Hazardous Waste facility located at 2091 West Winton Avenue. 

  • There is a drop drop-in program for all Alameda County businesses that accepts: latex paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent lamps, and household batteries. Check here for drop-in dates, the price schedule, and to download the form.
  • There are reduced prices for small businesses. Learn how to apply.
  • There is a program that allows landlords to dispose of their tenants hazardous waste.

Hayward regulations

Hazardous materials are regulated closely by the Hazardous Materials Division of the City of Hayward Fire Department. The Hayward Municipal Code Chapter 3, Article 8 describes the City’s requirements around hazardous materials storage.

Wastewater discharge and urban runoff control are regulated by the City’s Clean Water Program. The Hayward Municipal Code Chapter 11, Article 5 describes the City’s requirements regarding stormwater and urban runoff pollution prevention.