Everyday household products found under your kitchen sink or in your garage are household hazardous waste (HHW).
This includes items such as:
HHW that you wish to discard should NOT be placed in your regular trash. Such waste can be corrosive, toxic, ignitable, flammable, or reactive and co-mingling them with your refuse could create a dangerous situation. In addition to the dangers this can cause at home, much of your regular refuse goes to landfills where HHW can contaminate soil and seep into ground water.
The following items are NOT household hazardous waste:
LA Sanitation (LASAN) has established a number of permanent collection sites throughout the City, known as S.A.F.E. Centers. These S.A.F.E. Centers are open every weekend and provide a convenient way to dispose of your HHW. In addition to S.A.F.E. Centers, LASAN sponsors periodic Mobile Collection Events throughout the City where residents can drop off their HHW to be disposed of properly.
WARNING: Disposing of household chemicals in your refuse bin, storm drains or sewers damages the environment, and it is AGAINST THE LAW. Illegal dumping carries a minimum fine of $5,000 per day per violation up to $100,000 per day per violation or imprisonment (Section 25189.5 Health and Safety Code).
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
LA Sanitation, in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, operates a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program that provides a means for private residents to safely and legally dispose of their own unwanted household chemicals.
All Los Angeles County residents can bring their HHW, free of charge, to the City's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Mobile Collection Events.
HHW MOBILE COLLECTION EVENTS:
LA Sanitation hosts HHW Mobile Collection Events in areas not served by S.A.F.E. Centers.
THE PROCESS FOR DISPOSING OF HHW:
Residents may bring the following items to HHW Mobile Collection Events:
The following items are not accepted at HHW Mobile Collection Events:
TRANSPORTATION TO HHW MOBILE COLLECTION EVENTS:
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT A HHW MOBILE COLLECTION EVENT:
WHO CAN YOU CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
LA Sanitation Customer Service Center1-800-773-2489
Customer Service Representatives are available 24/7.
Mailing address: LA SanitationSolid Resources Citywide Recycling DivisionHHW Section1149 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles 90015-2213
For information on the Los Angeles County HHW Collection Program, contact the County Sanitation District's HHW Hotline at 1-888-CLEANLA / 1-888-253-2652
ADDITIONAL TYPES OF HHW INCLUDE:
WHAT IS UNIVERSAL WASTE?
The following items are considered universal waste:
In the state of California these items are not allowed to go in the trash. Chemicals from universal waste can eventually find their way into the environment, contaminating our air, water and food.
EXAMPLES OF UNIVERSAL WASTE:
*IMPORTANT: Tape battery terminals before drop-off.
Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause harm to people and animals including nerve damage and birth defects. When mercury is released into the environment, it can contaminate the air we breathe. If mercury enters local streams, rivers, and the ocean, it can contaminate the fish that people eat. For proper disposal visit B & B Hardware.
HOW CAN YOU SAFELY DISPOSE OF UNIVERSAL WASTE?