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Hazardous 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.

Jump to Collection Events
Jump to Additional Programs for Specific Materials

 

 

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

WALSERS
488 AMAPOLA AVE. 
TORRANCE, CA  90501 
310-891-3325

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.

 

 

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:  
  • October 8, 2016, CITY OF COMPTON, Compton Woodley Airport, 901 West Alondra Blvd., Compton, CA  90220, at Wilmington Ave.,  Enter event from Alondra Blvd.
  • October 15, 2016, CITY OF CARSON, Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, West Maintenance Building Parking Lot, 24501 South Figueroa Street, Carson, CA  90745, between Sepulveda Blvd. and Lomita Blvd.  Enter event from Figueroa St.
  • December 10, 2016, CITY OF LOMITA, City Hall Parking Lot, 24300 Narbonne Ave., Lomita.  Enter event from Narbonne Ave. only.  Between Lomita Blvd. and Sepulveda 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!

    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 for rechargeable batteries.

     

    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.