Proper Disposal Of Hazardous Waste

There are many products that we use in our homes that are hazardous and cannot be disposed of in the trash. How we get rid of unused portions of these products impacts the safety of our streets, neighborhoods and natural environment. It is illegal to put hazardous products into the City’s refuse or recycling carts, so understanding disposal options is important. Hazardous waste generally falls into five categories:

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) ... the less we use, the healthier our homes and environment will be.


Examples of Household Hazardous Waste:

  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Cleaners with acid or lye
  • Used Motor Oil & filters
  • Pool chemicals
  • Turpentine
  • Expired pharmaceuticals
  • Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Weed killer/pesticides
  • Metal polishers
  • Waste anti-freeze

The safest way to discard unwanted HHW is to take it to a free collection event or facility near you:

Note: It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to a collection site. Residents are limited to a total of 6 pieces of electronic waste per visit to a S.A.F.E.Center.

Use safe alternatives. They are easy to make and cost much less than their hazardous counterparts.

E-waste

Electronic waste (E-waste) — unwanted computers, televisions, printers and other electronics — may contain lead, copper, other heavy metals or toxic substances that are harmful in a landfill. That is why it is illegal to put these items in your trash or recycling carts.


E-waste includes items like:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Hair dryers
  • Scanners/Printers
  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • DVD, CD or VCR players
  • Other computer peripherals
  • Radios
  • Alarm clocks
  • Mice & Keyboards

Long Beach residents can dispose of their e-waste properly, for free, using one of the following options:

Note: It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to a collection site. Residents are limited to a total of 6 pieces of electronic waste per visit to a S.A.F.E. Center.


Items that are NOT considered e-waste: Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers or other "bulky" items. For these items, arrange a SPECIAL REFUSE COLLECTION.

Goodwill is a state authorized collector of electronic-waste. PLEASE NOTE: Goodwill will accept TVs and computer monitors, keyboards and towers ONLY. For more information call 562-435-7741 or go to goodwillsolac.org

Universal Waste

Batteries, light bulbs, electronic devices and any other item containing mercury are known as universal waste. By California law, these items may not be placed in your trash or recycling carts. If not disposed of properly, chemicals from universal waste can contaminate our air, our water, and even the food we eat.


Long Beach residents can dispose of their universal waste for free using one of the following options:

Note: It is against the law to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to a collection site. Residents are limited to a total of 6 pieces of electronic waste per visit to a S.A.F.E. Center.


Additional Universal Waste Resources:

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Broken fluorescent light bulbs are considered hazardous to the environment and should be taken to a one of these free collection centers or events available to the public:

Expired, unbroken fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled at the following retail locations:

  • Home Depot STORE FINDER
    Note: Home Depot accepts compact fluorescent bulbs, but not long fluorescent bulbs

  • Lowe's STORE FINDER
    Note: Lowe's accepts compact fluorescent bulbs at all Long Beach stores, and long fluorescent bulbs at the Bellflower Blvd. store only.
Home-generated Sharps

It is against the law to place home-generated Sharps into household and public trash or recycling containers. Current law requires residents to dispose of home-generated sharps in an approved and properly labeled container, at an approved facility.

Home-generated Sharps include:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets

Long Beach residents can dispose of their Sharps for free using one of the following options:


Physicians, Hospitals and other medical care providers are willing to take back home-generated Sharps from their clients. Be sure to ask your Doctor or medical advisor about it.

Local Recycling Centers

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 View/download a list of all recycling centers HERE




Permanent Collection Centers:

Corner of 28th & California
in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th
)

HOURS
Second Saturday of each month
9:00 am to 2:00 pm



www.edcodisposal.com


More HHW Drop-off Options

The Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in San Pedro is also free to Long Beach residents and will accept your HHW, E-waste, Universal Waste and Home-generated Sharps:

GAFFEY STREET S.A.F.E. CENTER
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open Saturdays and Sundays only

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Also, regional collection events are provided by L.A. County
throughout the year.

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Steps for Toxic Spills or Leaks:
  1. Keep the area well ventilated.
  2. Extinguish any open flame or heat
    source.
  3. Keep children and pets away.
  4. Wear gloves and protective clothing.
  5. Stop the product from spreading by
    covering the spill with absorbent material (kitty litter, sand, disposable diapers, soil).
  6. Sweep and scoop the absorbent into a container with a lid or into a strong plastic bag. Clean area with soap and rags, put used rags into container as well. Be careful not to wash hazardous materials into the street gutter.
  7. Label the container with the product name, chemical name, and hazard category (flammable, corrosive, etc.). All information should be available on the
    product's label.
  8. Dispose of the container as hazardous waste. See disposal section.
  9. If the spill is large and you cannot safely clean it up, contact the Fire Department immediately by dialing 911.
Tips for Accidental Exposure:
  • Call the Poison Center at
    (800) 777-6476
    or (213) 222-3212.
  • For a medical
    emergency call 911.
  • It is helpful to have the container with you for poison identification when you make an emergency call.
Environmental Services Bureau
Winner Nation’s Best Solid Waste Management Program Award