Household Hazardous Waste (HWW)

…the less we use, the healthier our homes and environment will be.

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 are important. Hazardous waste generally falls into five categories:

  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • E-Waste
  • Universal Waste
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Home-generated Sharps

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.

Examples of household hazardous waste include:

  • 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:

Permanent HHW Collection Centers:

  • Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
    Corner of 28th & California in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th)
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
    1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
    1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Local weekend HHW Collection Events:

All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Rain or shine, collection events will be held as scheduled.

Periodically, new dates and locations are added to the schedule, so check this page frequently or sign up for E-Notify to receive automatic notifications of new events.

Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling

There are three ways to recycle used motor oil and filters in Long Beach:

  • Drop it off at a certified collection center near you
  • Schedule the collection of used motor oil and filters on your next recycling collection day
  • Drop it off at a household hazardous waste collection event

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


E-Waste

What is e-waste (electronic 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.

Examples of e-waste include:

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

The safest way to discard unwanted e-waste is to take it to a FREE collection event or facility near you:

Permanent E-Waste Collection Centers:

  • Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
    Corner of 28th & California in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th)
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
    1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
    1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In addition to e-waste, these locations also accept used tires for recycling:

  • Conservation Corp of Long Beach | 340 Nieto Ave., Long Beach 90814
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • CCLB Environmental Education Center | 3251 E. 19th St., Signal Hill 90755
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Local weekend E-Waste Collection Events:

All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Rain or shine, collection events will be held as scheduled.

Periodically, new dates and locations are added to the schedule, so check this page frequently or sign up for E-Notify to receive automatic notifications of new events.

Items that are NOT considered e-waste include:

  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Dishwashers
  • 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

What is 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.

Examples of universal waste include:

  • Batteries
    AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries). These may contain a corrosive chemical that can cause burns as well as toxic heavy metals like cadmium.
  • Light Bulbs
    Fluorescent tubes and bulbs, high-intensity discharge (HID), metal halide, sodium, and neon bulbs all contain mercury vapor that may release into the environment if the bulb is broken. Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause harm to people and animals including nerve damage and birth defects. When mercury is released into the environment, it can contaminate the air we breathe. If mercury enters local streams, rivers, and the ocean, it can contaminate the fish that people eat.
  • Electronics
    Televisions and computer monitors, computers, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens often contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and chromium.
  • Mercury
    • Thermostats contain mercury inside the sealed glass “tilt switch” of the old style thermostats but not the newer electronic kind.
    • Switches and relays contain mercury and can be found in some chest freezers, pre-1972 washing machines, sump pumps, electric space heaters, clothes irons, light switches and relays, automobile lights, and ABS brakes. They also can be found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters.
    • Gauges such as barometers, manometers, blood pressure, and vacuum gauges contain mercury.
    • Mercury-Added novelties including greeting cards that play music when opened; athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights in soles; and mercury maze games.
    • Mercury thermometers contain about a half-gram of mercury.

The safest way to discard unwanted universal waste is to take it to a FREE collection event or facility near you:

Permanent  Universal Waste Collection Centers:

  • Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
    Corner of 28th & California in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th)
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
    1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
    1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Local weekend Universal Waste Collection Events:

All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Rain or shine, collection events will be held as scheduled.

Periodically, new dates and locations are added to the schedule, so check this page frequently or sign up for E-Notify to receive automatic notifications of new events.

Additional Universal Waste Resources:


Fluorescent 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:

Permanent  Fluorescent Bulbs Centers:

  • Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
    Corner of 28th & California in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th)
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
    1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
    1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Local weekend Universal Waste Collection Events:

All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Rain or shine, collection events will be held as scheduled.

Periodically, new dates and locations are added to the schedule, so check this page frequently or sign up for E-Notify to receive automatic notifications of new events.

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

  • Home Depot
    Note: Home Depot accepts compact fluorescent bulbs, but not long fluorescent bulbs
  • Lowe’s
    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.

Examples of home-generated sharps include:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets

The safest way to discard home-generated sharps is to take them to a FREE collection event or facility near you:

  • Los Angeles County EDCO Recycling and Transfer Environmental Collection Center
    Corner of 28th & California in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th)
    Open Second and Fourth Saturday of each month – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
    1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731
    1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • L.A. County Sheriffs Lakewood Station
    5130 Clark Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712 | Drop-off ONLY. New sharps containers NOT available here.
  • Medical Waste Mail-Back Services

Local weekend HHW Collection Events:

All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Rain or shine, collection events will be held as scheduled.

Periodically, new dates and locations are added to the schedule, so check this page frequently or sign up for E-Notify to receive automatic notifications of new events.


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.


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 a 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.

Local Recycling Centers

Other recycling options exist throughout Long Beach. Use our interactive map to view locations. click the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the map and click the items you wish to dispose of to see your options.