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.
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.
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.
Electronic Only Drop-Off Site
488 Amapola Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
Please be aware that they must charge a fee for some items. Please call ahead.
Their electronics and appliance recycling program for certain items includes trade-in opportunities, pick-ups for a fee and more. Check their website for more information.
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.
For the current schedule of events with location maps and additional information, please call 888-CLEANLA or visit 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
- 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
- Sharps or needles program options
- Medications - Sheriff's Station drop-off locations
- Used motor oil and filters - drop-off and reimbursement information
- CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs
- Batteries - free drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries
- Ideas for safe alternatives - alternatives to household cleaners and cleaning methods
- Your Source for Torrance Recycling, Recycle Torrance 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 or contact the DTSC at (800) 728-6942.