February 10, 2010
Due to significantly high costs in the transportation and destruction of ammunition, the Palo Alto Police Department is no longer able to accept ammunition for disposal. According to the Department of Transportation, ammunition is considered to be a hazardous material. Residents interested in disposing of personal ammunition should contact private companies that are licensed in the transportation and destruction of this type of material. We cannot make recommendations on any such companies, and would urge you to locate such a company with an Internet search of your own.
Disposal of ammunition in any public landfill or in any fashion other than through approved hazardous materials facilities is unlawful and potentially dangerous to the public and the environment. The Palo Alto Police Department recommends the disposal of ammunition only through licensed facilities.