||Hazardous and Electronic Waste
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics must be recycled or safely disposed of at specific facilities or in special programs:
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.
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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 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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 to go to their website.
ELECTRONIC ONLY DROP-OFF FACILITY
488 AMAPOLA AVE.
TORRANCE, CA 90501
Click here to see their website for hours of operation, location map, and general information.
Click here for the materials that accepted.
Please be aware that they must charge a fee for some items. Please 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. These events are usually on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Upcoming events in the City of Torrance area are:
February 18, 2017, CITY OF GARDENA, Arthur Johnson Park, 1200 W. 170th St. Enter roundup from W. 170th St.
April 8, 2017, CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall/City Yard, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.
April 29, 2017, CITY OF HAWTHORNE, Betty Ainsworth Sport Center, 3851 W. El Segundo Blvd., between Prairie Ave. and Crenshaw Blvd. Enter roundup from Doty 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
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
Universal wastes are hazardous waste that are widely used by households and many businesses, and may be included in construction or demolition projects.
Universal wastes include:
. Electronic devices: such as computer, televisions, cell phones and DVD players
. Batteries: most household batteries, such as rechargeable nickel-cadmium, silver button, mercury and alkaline batteries
. Electric lamps; fluorescent tubes and bulbs, electric lamps that contain added mercury or lead
. Mercury containing equipment: thermostats, switches, thermometers, pressure or vacuum gauge dilator and weighted tubing and gas flow regulators
. CRTs: the glass picture tubes removed for devices such as televisions and computer monitors
. Non-empty aerosol cans
Universal Wastes may not be disposed of in the trash!
All universal waste must be treated as hazardous or electronics waste. Please use the facilities and programs listed on this page and at the link for businesses below to safely dispose or recycle of these materials.
For more information on universal waste, visit the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Universal Waste web page at: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/UniversalWaste/index.cfm or contact the DTSC at (800) 728-6942.
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.