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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers for Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Residents

S.A.F.E. Centers (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics) are permanent collection sites that are open every weekend for residents to drop off their household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste (e-waste). Scroll down for a list of locations, operating hours, and items accepted and not accepted at our S.A.F.E. Centers.

How to Prepare For Your Trip to a S.A.F.E. Center

  1. Pack your HHW/E-Waste in a cardboard box or plastic bin sturdy enough to support the weight of the individual containers. If using a box, tape along the seams on the bottom for added support and to prevent any leaks onto your vehicle. The box/bin will be returned to you.
  2. Keep items in their original containers, and remove all personal information from data containing devices and medication labels.(Original containers with labeling are recommended – label contents yourself if the label is unclear. This is helpful for staff to identify material in a container)
  3. Place waste securely in the trunk and separated from personal belongings. Keep all items away from passengers.
  4. When you arrive, you will be asked to complete an oral survey by our staff.
  5. For your safety, you must remain in your vehicle at all times during the unloading process. Your vehicle must be put in park and turned off while our technicians unload your waste. You cannot unload your own waste.
STATE TRANSPORTATION LIMIT: 15 gallons or 125 pounds per vehicle per visit. What happens if you have more than this legal limit? You are welcome to return on the next operating day to drop off the additional materials.

Items Accepted

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Asbestos**
  • Batteries (alkaline, lithium, lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, car/RV batteries)**
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (propane, butane, helium, MAPP gas, and fire extinguishers)**
  • Electronic Waste (TVs, Computers, Monitors, Printers, Cell Phones, Cables/Wiring)
  • Home-generated Sharps and Medications**
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • LED Light Bulbs, Fluorescent Tubes/Bulbs and Ballasts (with no metal fixtures)
  • Paints and Solvents
  • Pool and Garden Chemicals
  • Treated/Contaminated Wood**
  • Used Motor Oil, Oil Filters, Antifreeze and other Automotive Fluids
For a complete list of E-Waste that we accept and don’t accept, please click on this link.
NOTE: UCLA S.A.F.E. Center accepts E-waste on Saturdays ONLY.

**Items Accepted - Additional Notes

  • Asbestos: must be abated by professionals, wetted, and double bagged in clearly-labeled plastic bags; must be less than 3 ft. in length
  • Batteries: please tape both terminals of the batteries with clear packing tape, electrical tape, or duct tape
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders: 1 tank accepted per visit; no larger than 5-gallon sized tank will be accepted. LA County Facilities and Events accept more than one per visit.
  • Sharps: must be brought in a State-approved container, or in a hard plastic, puncture-proof container. The container must have a lid. Loose sharps will not be accepted.
  • Treated/Contaminated Wood: wood that contains chemical preservatives; must be less than 3 ft. in length

Items Not Accepted

Some of these items are accepted by LA County Facilities and Events. You may also contact the manufacturer directly for assistance.
  • Acetylene, CO2 and oxygen tanks/cylinders (see LA County)
  • Ammunition, firecrackers and explosives
  • Business/commercial wastes (see VSQG)
  • Christmas String Lights (non-LED)
  • e-Cigarettes & Vape pens (see LA County)
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries
  • Exercise equipment, such as treadmills (see bulky items)
  • Fans, heaters, air conditioners, and vacuums
  • Laboratory waste
  • Marine flares
  • Mercury, metallic (see LA County)
  • Metal light fixtures
  • Radioactive materials and medical/biological wastes
  • Recyclables such as glass and plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans (these can be placed in your Blue Bin)
  • Smoke detectors (see LA County)
  • Tires and bulky items such as furniture and large appliances
  • Yard waste (these can be placed in your Green Bin)

Request a Free Sharps Mail-Back Container with Pre-Paid Postage!

California’s Producer-Funded Home-Generated Safe Sharps Disposal Program offers consumers free sharps disposal mail-back services for safe, easy, and convenient disposal. Please visit the following links to order your free sharps container:


LA City residents can also visit LA County HHW and E-Waste Collection Facilities and Events. Please visit their website for more information and a list of upcoming events (see LA County).

Nicole Bernson (Balboa)
S.A.F.E. Center     
North Valley Saturdays and Sundays
10241 N. Balboa Boulevard, 
Northridge, CA 91325 
Gaffey Street
S.A.F.E. Center
Harbor Area
Saturdays and Sundays
1400 N. Gaffey Street,
San Pedro, CA 90731
Los Angeles-Glendale
S.A.F.E. Center
Central Los Angeles
We will update this page when 
we have a reopening date.
4600 Colorado Boulevard, 
Los Angeles, CA 90039 
Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center Playa Del Rey Saturdays and Sundays
7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Randall Street
S.A.F.E. Center
East Valley Saturdays and Sundays
11025 Randall Street, 
Sun Valley, CA 91352
S.A.F.E. Center
West Los Angeles
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

This site accepts electronic
waste on Saturdays ONLY

550 Charles E. Young Drive West,
Los Angeles, CA 90095 
Washington Blvd.
S.A.F.E. Center
East Los Angeles Saturdays and Sundays
2649 E. Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90021

*Waste collection services can be suspended during rainy weather conditions*

*S.A.F.E. Centers are closed on LA City-observed holidays*

See What Neighboring HHW Program Can Also Offer You


Small businesses that qualify for the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program (Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program) may dispose of their hazardous waste at the S.A.F.E. Centers for a fee. This service is by appointment only. Please call 310-387-1071, or email 4HCESQG@cleanharbors.com to book an appointment.

If a business is a generator of sharps and medical waste, then it does not qualify under the VSQG Program. A sharps and medical waste mailback option is available through Clean Harbors Healthcare Services. Please email: SharpsMedicalMailbackKitRequests@cleanharbors.com or call 800-344-1864

Additionally, regular healthcare disposal services can be set up by contacting healthcare@cleanharbors.com

NOTE: An EPA ID number is required to participate in the VSQG Program. If you regularly generate any amount of hazardous waste, you are required to have an EPA ID number. Alternatively, a temporary EPA ID number can be obtained from the state if you do not regularly generate hazardous waste. Visit https://dtsc.ca.gov/hazardous-waste-id-numbers/ to register and receive your EPA ID number.

Gaffey Street
S.A.F.E. Center
Harbor Area 1st Wednesday of the month 1400 N. Gaffey Street,
San Pedro, CA 90731 
Washington Blvd.
S.A.F.E. Center
East Los Angeles 2nd Wednesday of the month 2649 E. Washington Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90021 
Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center Playa Del Rey 3rd Wednesday of the month 7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Randall Street
S.A.F.E. Center
East Valley 4th Wednesday of the month 11025 Randall St. 
Sun Valley, CA 91352


Balboa SAFE Center
The Gaffey S.A.F.E. Center was voted 'Best Recycling Center in South Bay' by the readers of the Daily Breeze/The Beach Reporter for the 2nd year in a row!

leader_in_sustainability_award_circle_205 LASAN received the Leader in Sustainability Award for the fifth year in a row for diverting more than 30,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries! LASAN has partnered with Call2Recycle, a battery stewardship organization, to collect and recycle rechargeable batteries at the 7 S.A.F.E. Centers, which include lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium, and lead-acid batteries.