Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. The health and safety of our community is endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains. The amount of products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when millions of homes across Los AngelesCounty use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem.
The following are examples of HHW products that may be found in and around your home. click here.
HHW THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Ammunition, Explosives and Radioactive Materials.
Transportation limit for chemical related items:
It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. Please pack your waste properly to prevent tipping or spilling of the waste during transportation.
USED MOTOR OIL AND OIL FILTERS DO NOT GO IN THE TRASH!
In California, used motor oil is hazardous waste. It can contain such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, arsenic and chlorinated compounds. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil and groundwater. Recycling used motor oil reduces this pollution threat.
Find Your Nearest Used Oil Collection Center (Click Here)
Certified Collection Centers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, transmission fluid or water. Please do not mix your used oil with anything. If your used oil accidently gets contaminated, it must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. S.A.F.E. Collection Centers accept contaminated oil and other household hazardous wastes such as antifreeze, cleaners and paints.
S.A.F.E. COLLECTION CENTERS
7660 West Imperial Highway
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 Open: Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 3 pm
SAN PEDRO PLANT
1400 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731 Open: Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 3 pm
The CRT Issue
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT's) are the picture tubes in computer monitors and TV's.They are found in virtually every household and office throughout the nation. With the rapid evolution of technology, computers become obsolete in a short period of time. Each year, an estimated six million CRT's are discarded in California. A typical 17-inch CRT contains approximately two pounds of lead. Larger CRT's may contain up to ten pounds of lead. Lead is a known toxic substance and disposal of CRT's in landfills can cause the pollution of soil and groundwater. California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has declared that CRT's are banned from disposal in landfills.