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Hazardous and electronic waste is any discarded material that threatens public health, safety, and the environment due to its chemical nature. Throwing these materials in the trash, down storm drains, on the ground, or in the sewer system puts oceans and groundwater at risk.
Click here for a list of examples of hazardous and electronic items.
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics must be recycled or safely disposed of at specific facilities or in special programs:
FREE PERMANENT DROP-OFF FACILITIES
S.A.F.E. COLLECTION CENTER
1400 NORTH GAFFEY ST
SAN PEDRO, CA 90021
THE SAN PEDRO SITE IS OPEN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. EXCEPT HOLIDAYS AND RAINY DAYS. THERE IS A LIMIT OF SIX (6) ELECTRONIC ITEMS PER VISIT. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THEIR WEBSITE.
EDCO RECYCLING AND TRANSFER CENTER
2755 CALIFORNIA AVE
SIGNAL HILL, CA 90807
THE SIGNAL HILL DROP-OFF SITE IS OPEN THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. Click here for flyer.
ELECTRONIC ONLY DROP-OFF FACILITY
488 AMAPOLA AVE.
TORRANCE, CA 90501
Click here to see their website for hours of operation, materials accepted and other information. Please be aware that they must charge a fee for some items. Call ahead.
Free drop-off of electronics (no hazardous wastes). They accept materials from residents and businesses.
All information is subject to change. Please call ahead for availability or questions.
Free, one-day, periodic collection events are provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Nearly every weekend, there is an event somewhere in L.A. County that provides a safe and convenient way to dispose and recycle household hazardous waste and electronics.
Upcoming events in the City of Torrance area are:
January 23, 2016, CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH, Clark Stadium, Valley Drive between 8th St. and 11th St. Enter roundup on Valley Drive heading south from Pier Ave.
April 9, 2016, CITY OF HAWTHORNE, Betty Ainsworth Sports Center, El Segundo Blvd. and Doty Ave., 3851 W. El Segundo Blvd.
For more information and a schedule of roundups with location maps, please call 1-888-CLEANLA or click here for the Sanitation District's website
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EVENT
To drop off hazardous materials, just load your materials in a sturdy box in the trunk of your car and drive through the drop-off area. The materials will be taken from your car quickly and safely - it's that easy!
Limit of 15 gallons or 125 lbs. per vehicle
Do not mix materials, keep in original containers with original labels
Put in sturdy box in trunk of car
No explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials will be accepted
Click here to see a short (38 second) L.A. County Public Works YouTube video of what you'll see at an event.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SPECIFIC MATERIALS
Paints - free drop-off recycling program, click here.
Sharps or needles - click here for program options.
Medications - click here for the Sheriff's Station drop-off locations
Used motor oil and filters - drop-off and reimbursement information, click here
CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs - click here.
Batteries - free drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries.
Ideas for safe alternatives - click here for alternatives to household cleaners and cleaning methods
Your Source for Torrance Recycling, Recycle Torrance, click here Includes a search engine for other recycling options.
The Los Angeles County Clean LA website
The Department of Toxic Substance
Earth 911 - additional search engines
California Product Stewardship Council - reducing toxic waste
For recycling or safe disposal of hazardous waste from businesses:
Hazardous Waste Generated from Businesses
Businesses can also check out environmental suggestions on how to "Get Green" by clicking here.