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Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste

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.

You must dispose of hazardous waste and electronics in one of the following ways:

1.  Dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics safely by bringing them to a free, household hazardous waste and electronics roundup or permanent drop-off facility.

FREE PERMANENT DROP-OFF FACILITY

S.A.F.E. COLLECTION CENTER

1400 NORTH GAFFEY ST

SAN PEDRO, CA  90021

THIS 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 VISITCLICK HERE TO GO TO THEIR WEBSITE.

A NEW PERMANENT DROP-OFF SITE STARTING MARCH 9, 2013

EDCO RECYCLING AND TRANSFER CENTER

2755 CALIFORNIA AVE

SIGNAL HILL, CA  90807

THIS SIGNAL HILL DROP-OFF SITE WILL BE OPEN THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M.  Click here for flyer.

2.  Free, one-day, periodic roundups are provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Nearly every weekend, there is a roundup 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:   

  • August 30, 2014, CITY OF SOUTH PASADENA, S. Pasadena Unified School District Headquarters, at Diamond Ave. and Mission St. between Mission St. and Monterey Rd.   PLEASE NOTE THIS ROUNDUP IS ONLY OPEN UNTIL 2:00 P.M.
  • October 18, 2014, CITY OF CARSON, Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, West Maintenance Building Parking Lot, 24501 South Figueroa St. between Lomita Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd.  Enter roundup from Figueroa St.
  • October 18, 2014, CITY OF COMPTON, Compton Woodley Airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., between Alondra Blvd. and Rosecrans Blvd.  Enter roundup from Alondra Blvd.
  • November 8, 2014, CITY OF BELLFLOWER, Simms Park, Clark Ave. and Oak St. between Artesia Blvd. and Alondra Blvd.  Enter roundup from Clark Ave.
  • December 13, 2014, CITY OF LOMITA, City Hall Parking Lot, 24300 Narbonne Ave., between Sepulveda Blvd. and Lomita Blvd.  Enter roundup from Narbonne Ave.
  • 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 

    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!

    REMEMBER:
    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

    3. For more information and listings of hazardous waste items and recycling locations, use the following links:

    It is illegal to throw medical sharps in the trash or recycling.  Click here for more information.

    L.A. County Sheriff's Department has drop-off locations for medical sharps and all drugs and medicines.  Click here to go to their website for more information  .

    Click here for a list of examples of hazardous and electronic items.

    Click here for some suggested safer 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 

    CalRecyle 

    The Department of Toxic Substance 

    For a list of used motor oil collection centers in Torrance, click here 

    Home Depot accepts CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs.  Click here for flyer (pdf)

    For the new paint recycling collection sites developed by manufacturers, click here.

    Free electronics recycling drop-off in Torrance.  Click here for their flyer, or click here for their website.

     

    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.