||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:
June 14, 2014, CITY OF TORRANCE, American Honda, 1919 Torrance Blvd. at Van Ness Ave. Enter roundup from Harpers Way off Van Ness Ave.
June 21, 2014, CITY OF PASADENA, The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Blvd., Parking Lot "K"
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 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
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.