What is hazardous waste? 

Hazardous 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.

The following items are considered hazardous waste:

Paint and solvents; used motor oil and filters, anti-freeze, and other automotive fluids; cleaning products; pool and garden chemicals; aerosol cans; all medicine; auto batteries; household batteries.

The following items may not be discarded at any hazardous waste drop-off:

Explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, trash, tires, business waste, white waste (stoves, fridges, etc.), and controlled substances.

What is E-waste?

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be hazardous because it may contain lead and other metals that are dangerous, plus they have many components that can be recycled. E-waste is also excepted at hazardous waste drop-off sites. 

E-waste includes the following:

Computer, monitors, printers, network equipment, cables, telephones, televisions, microwaves, video games, cell phones, radios, stereos, VCRs, and electronic toys.

Where can I discard of hazardous waste and e-waste?

Nearest permanent drop-off location run by LA County:

Gaffey Street SAFE Collection Center

1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90021

Hours of Operation:

Saturdays and Sundays
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EDCO Recycling and Transfer Collection Center

2755 California Ave.
Signal Hill, CA 90755 

Hours of Operation:

Public Disposal: 
Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Open All Holidays Until 2:00 p.m. (With The Exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day: full closure)

Buyback Recycling Center: 
Tue-Sat 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(Closed for Lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 

Environmental Collection Center (HHW/EW): 
Open the 2nd Saturday of each Month. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Open Holidays Until 2:00 p.m. (With The Exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day: full closure)

Please check the Calendar for one day hazardous waste drop-off events in local cities hosted by LA County.

Tips for Hazardous Waste Disposal

Read the PDFs below to learn how to prevent ocean pollution through proper hazardous waste disposal.

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Runoff Ruins Oceans! Help Us Keep Our Beaches Clear

Watch the video below to learn how to prevent hazardous waste and debris runoff from reaching the beach!

Recycle Your Batteries at City Hall!

Did you know it is unsafe and illegal to throw your old batteries in the trash? Lomita now offers convenient recycling for household batteries and portable electronic devices (i.e. cell phones and mp3 players).  Just drop your batteries or devices in the bin inside City Hall.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

CFLs may not be discarded with trash because they contain small amounts of mercury.  All Home Depot locations accept used CFLs for recycling, so take your unbroken ones to the Returns Desk at Home Depot to ensure they are disposed of properly.