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Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste

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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 VISITCLICK 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.

ECHOTECH OR THE SHREDDING PLACE (ELECTRONICS ONLY)

1926 DEL AMO BLVD., TORRANCE, CA  90501

310-212-5266

Click here to see their website for hours of operation, materials accepted and other information.

Free drop-off of electronics (no hazardous wastes).  They accept materials from residents and businesses.

COLLECTION EVENTS

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:   

  • 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 EVENT 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 

    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!

    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

    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.

    ADDITIONAL LINKS

    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 

    CalRecyle 

    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.