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Hazardous Waste 101

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Waste includes cleaners, paints, electronic devices, batteries, lawn products, and auto products. These products have chemicals in them that are harmful to human health and the environment.

Please be responsible with toxic chemicals used in and around our homes and dispose of any unused portions properly. HHW cannot be disposed of in the trash. Please help keep toxic chemicals out of our neighborhoods and environment.


Where Can I Safely Dispose of My HHW?

Long Beach and Los Angeles County residents have access to free disposal of hazardous waste at a local HHW collection event or at the following locations and times:

Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
2755 California Ave.
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Open 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (REOPENING ON SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020)

Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Open Saturday and Sunday only from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (REOPENING ON SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020)
1-800-98-TOXIC (86942)

For the safety of our staff and facilities, do NOT place these items in your refuse or recycling carts/bins. For questions, please call (562) 570-2876.

View the HHW Collection Event flyer (English/Spanish)
View the S.A.F.E Centers Reopen flyer 


Tips for Handling and Transporting HHW 

  • Do not transport more than the legal limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW to a collection site. Residents are limited to a total of 6 pieces of electronic waste per visit to a S.A.F.E. (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics) Collection Center.
  • All container labels must be legible (no worn-off labels). 
  • All containers must be sealed and not leaking. 
  • Do not mix different products into one container. 
  • HHW must be transported in the trunk of the car or in another area away from passengers and pets.


In Case of Accidental Exposure

  • For a medical emergency, call 911.
  • Call the Poison Help hotline at (800) 222-1222 or visit PoisonHelp.org.
  • Note: It is helpful to have the container with you for poison identification when you make an emergency call. 

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