||Household Hazardous and Electronic 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 VISIT. CLICK 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:
February 8, 2014, CITY OF GARDENA, HITCO Carbon Composites, 1551 W. 139th St. between Rosecrans Ave. and El Segundo Blvd., just east of Western Ave.
December 14, 2013, CITY OF LOMITA, City Hall Parking Lot, 24300 Narbonne Ave. Enter event from Narbonne Ave.
January 25, 2014, CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH, Clark Stadium, Valley Dr. between 8th and 11th Streets
ROUNDUPS ARE ON SATURDAYS FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.
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!
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 RECYCLING OF ELECTRONICS: WALSERS ART SUPPLY IS A FREE, CERTIFIED DROP OFF FOR ELECTRONICS RECYCLING. They will accept materials from both residents and businesses. They also recycle appliances, metal, glass, paper, plastics, and they offer pick up service for a fee. Click here for more information
4. 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 .
Did you know that all paints, batteries, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides, contaminated used oil, paint thinners, nail polish remover, and even fluorescent bulbs, cell phones, microwave ovens, TVs, computer monitors, and syringes are considered hazardous waste?
Some household hazardous wastes can be identified by having one of these words on the label:
- Explosive or Reactive (can detonate or explode through exposure to heat, sudden shock, or pressure)
- Corrosive (can destroy and cause burns to the skin and other living tissues)
- Flamable (easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly)
- Toxic or poison (capable of causing injury or death through ingestion, inhalation, absorbtion or injection)
Click here for a list of examples of hazardous and electronic items.
Electronics are hazardous as they can contain lead and other metals that are dangerous, plus they have many components that can be recycled. Some items, like microwave ovens and thermometers, contain mercury. Medical sharps (needles) used in home health care are also banned from regular trash.
VIDEO TAPE RECYCLING IS BACK! WALSER'S can now take video (VCR) and audio tapes for recycling. However, they must be separated beforehand to be accepted. Tapes must be completely separated from their packages. This means that the video tapes, audio tapes, insert papers, outside plastic packages and outside cardboard packages must all be brought to WALSER'S in separate containers. For any questions, contact WALSER'S at 310-891-3325 or at email@example.com.
For more information and listings of hazardous waste items and recycling locations, use the following links:
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
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.
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.