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Dispose of hazardous and electronic waste closer to home

New Environmental Collection Center Opens on March 9

One-stop Center for Properly Disposing Household Hazardous, Electronic Waste


Area residents now have a convenient, one-stop venue for safely and properly disposing their household hazardous, universal and electronic wastes. The new Los Angeles County Environmental Collection Center is located at EDCO Recycling and Transfer, 2755 California Ave., Signal Hill.


"This new Environmental Collection Center will enable residents to properly manage and recycle, rather than stockpile their household hazardous waste, electronic waste, household sharps and unused/expired medications," Mayor Bob Foster said. "Residents now have a centrally-located drop-off site, and our neighborhoods, storm channels and beaches will be cleaner and safer."


The public/private partnership that planned and built the new Center included the City of Long Beach, City of Signal Hill, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and EDCO Disposal.


This new Collection Center will be open the second Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, March 9, 2013.


Free and convenient, area residents will no longer need to stockpile their household hazardous waste for six months or a year waiting for the next regional household hazardous roundup. The Environmental Collection Center will accept a maximum of 15 gallons per car, per visit, including the following items:

  • Cleaners, bleach, drain openers, floor and furniture polish, spot removers
  • Oil- and water-based paint, thinners, solvents, furniture strippers
  • Disposable batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes
  • Garden pesticides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Used motor oil and filters, car batteries and automotive fluids
  • Home-generated sharps and medicines
  • Electronic waste, such as cell phones, computer monitors and televisions

The Center will not accept:

  • Business-generated waste
  • Ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials
  • Biological waste
  • Tires
  • Bulky items such as refrigerators, washing machines, conventional ovens 

Helpful tips for preparing and safely transporting household hazardous waste:

  • Pack in cardboard boxes so that wastes do not spill during transport
  • Be prepared to leave your containers and boxes at the Collection Center
  • Put like chemicals together, separate unlike chemicals
  • Label materials that are not in their original containers
  • Make sure containers are not leaking and lids are tightly sealed
  • Empty your car trunk, then load into your trunk the boxes of materials you've prepared for drop-off
  • Trained personnel at the Collection Center will ask you to remain in your car while they remove your household hazardous waste from your trunk

For more information, visit or call the City's Recycling Hotline at 562-570-2876.

Celebrate 85 Years of Excellence with Long Beach City College
For 85 years, Long Beach City College has provided outstanding educational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of students. LBCC is inviting you to help them celebrate:
Name Your Favorite Faculty or Staff Member
Nominate Vikings of the Decade
85th Anniversary Gala Celebration
Visioning A Safer Long Beach
Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Long Beach Water Treatment Plant, 2950 Redondo (at Spring) has released a report that shows the number and types of violent and property crimes committed in each council district in the City of Long Beach. This is the first time since 2004 that crime stats are available by each council district. will share its report at this community forum and residents will participate in the conversation to help determine the future of Long Beach in terms of public safety.
Fall Prevention Classes with The Heart of Ida
Stepping On classes offer fall prevention techniques for older adults.
The 7-week workshop begins March 7 and run each Thursday for 7 weeks from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
The current class has a few remaining space and participation is free. Contact Dina Berg with The Heart of Ida for more information or to register for future classes - or 562-496-4734.
Community Health Screenings at the Long Beach Health Department
Come meet Health Department Staff and receive program information
Department of Health and Human Services
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach 90815
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (and recurring the second Tuesday of every month)
9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
Click here  for more information and a list of health screenings
Bark Twice If You Love Long Beach Reads One Book
Celebrate Long Beach Reads One Book and this year's book - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - with a family and pet-friendly event on St. Patrick's Day.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
12pm - 4pm
Good Neighbor Park - 2800 N. Studebaker Road
View the event flyer here
Violence Prevention Community Forum


In its on-going commitment to making Long Beach a safe place to live, work and play, the City of Long will be developing a comprehensive Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan.  The City will be hosting a series of community meetings inviting the public to learn about the planning process for the Violence Prevention Plan and how to get involved.  The community is invited to attend the first of these forums on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Translation services will be available.  Free breakfast is provided and child care will be available for children ages 5 to 12.   


Saturday, March 9, 2013

9am - 12pm

Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Avenue


On July 5, 2011, at the request of Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilmembers Patrick O'Donnell, Dee Andrews and Steven Neal, the Long Beach City Council voted to request the preparation of the Violence Prevention Plan. With direct oversight by the City Manager's Office, Long Beach Development Services is spearheading the development of the Plan in conjunction with City Departments, the community, and subject matter expert consultants.  The Plan will focus on all forms of violence including family, school, and community violence.  

The Urban Ocean Poetry Contest - Call for Entries!


The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting its 4th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. Poems submitted must address the following theme:


Humans and Nature: Coexisting with an Urban Ocean

Maximum length: 300 words

One entry per person


Deadline: 5pm on April 8, 2013


Learn more here