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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL   HHW Image

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County provides Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. 

Some examples of what you CAN bring to a HHW collection:

  • Motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid
  • Used antifreeze
  • Paint, paint thinner, turpentine
  • Cleaners with acid or lye
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Household batteries or car batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • CRTs, old TVs, misc. electronics
  • Mercury thermometers or thermostats
  • Used Needles or Sharps (In a Sharps container or sturdy box labeled "SHARPS")
  • Unwanted or expired prescriptions
 

What you CANNOT bring to a HHW collection:

  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Trash
  • Tires
  • Business Waste
  • White Goods (stoves, fridges, etc.)
  • Controlled Substances
  • Bio-hazardous Waste (blood, urine, etc.)

 Household Hazardous Waste and E Waste event  En Español

How should you prepare?

  • Bring the items you wish to dispose of in a sturdy box preferably in their original, labeled containers.
  • Do not EVER mix products together.
  • It is ILLEGAL to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste in your personal vehicle.
  • Be prepared to leave your containers. Because of permitting requirements and the volume of people that utilize the program, items such as gasoline cans WILL NOT be returned.

 

Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup

See website for locations http://www.lacsd.org/solidwaste/swfacilities/recyclecontact/hhw_e_waste/default.asp

For More Information Contact:

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Public Information Section
(800) 238-0173

 

Recycle Paint

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in California. Since the start of the California paint stewardship program on October19, 2012, PaintCare has set up over 675 drop-off sites in California where the public can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling. Most of these sites are at paint retailers (paint, hardware, and home improvement stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and they are available to any resident and business in California. These stores accept paint whenever they are open for business. Visit PaintCare website for locations nearest you.

 

No Drugs Down The Drain

Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet or put them in drains.

Why not Flush?

Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers, and streams.  Research has shown that continous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms.

How Should You Dispose of Medications?

Take your unused medications to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, Event or the Police Department; or

Put your unused medications in a sturdy, securely sealed container, then in a trash can where children and animals can’t reach them.

The drop-off events are free of charge.  They are located throughout the County of Los Angeles.  To view a schedule of events, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Schedule.

 Pomona Police Department located at 490 W. Mission Blvd.

The prescription drop box is secured in the lobby of the police department and is accessbile anytime the department is open.  No questions asked, just drop the unwanted medications in and they will be safely and securely destroyed.

What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in the drop box

YES

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Medication samples
  • Medications for household pets
  • Medicated lotions or ointments

NO

  • Needles or other "sharps"  (See Sharpe page on disposal locations)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Thermometers
  • Personal care products

What are medications, pharmaceuticals, and drugs?

  • Prescription drugs such as hormones (birth control pills, estrogen replacement drugs, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and cold/flu remedies
  • Antiseptics (germ killing liquids)
  • Veterinary medicines

 Additioanl drop locations are:

http://ladpw.org/epd/hhw/pdf/SheriffsSites.pdf

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ADS_prescription_drop_box_locations.pdf

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