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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 for 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**
See COVID-19 Safety Requirements Below

Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. (Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics) Center
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Open Saturday and Sunday only from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm**
1-800-98-TOXIC (86942)
See COVID-19 Safety Requirements Below

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.

**Holiday closures are effective on the following dates: 

  • January 14, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • April 8, 2023
  • May 27, 2023
  • November 11, 2023
  • November 25, 2023
  • December 23, 2023

View the HHW Guide - English | Khmer | Tagalog | Spanish

Household Hazardous Waste Reuse Center Now Open!

Help reduce waste by picking up FREE available products such as household cleaners, lawn and garden products, paint, and more. Residents can take home partially used household, yard, and car care products for free to help save money on the purchase of new items, reduce waste, and reduce the cost of disposing good products.

Residents may choose up to five items per week, per household. Products and availability may vary.

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**
See COVID-19 Safety Requirements Below
** Holiday closure dates are noted above. 

For questions, please call (562) 570-2876 or email lbrecycles@longbeach.gov

View the Reuse Center flyer (English/Spanish)

What is the Criteria for Reuse Center Products?
All items available at the Reuse Center are only from the EDCO HHW/E-Waste collection events. During HHW/E-Waste collection event at EDCO, residents will drop off their waste and it will be sorted by the contracted HHW technicians (Contractor). The Contractor will visually inspect each container and apply the following criteria to sort materials eligible for reuse: 

  • The product is not electronic waste.
  • The product is a common household maintenance product and is readily available to the general public (i.e. over-the-counter products, products found in grocery stores, hardware stores, etc.).
  • The product does not contain, or does not consist of, any banned chemicals like the following products banned and unregistered pesticides, products containing PCB's, asbestos, dioxins, and personal products such as shampoo, soap, make-up, etc.
  • The product must be in its original container and have original label (no hand marks).
  • The product container must be in good condition and not compromised (no rust, cracks, torn label, leaking, punctures, or thin or soft areas with the potential for cracks or leaks).
  • The product container must be at minimum half full.
  • The product must not be expired or be within two (2) months short of expiring.
  • Motor oil must be new and unopened.

To ensure quality control of products selected for the reuse program, the Contractor will open and inspect contents of all the following types of containers:

  • Antifreeze
  • Bleach
  • Large containers such as one- and five-gallon buckets
  • Containers with spray pumps tops

After inspecting the product, the product is then cleaned off and added to the Reuse Center. Los Angeles County Public Works Department has prepared a Quality Assurance Plan that was reviewed by a Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).    

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste (HHW/E-Waste) collection event participants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and remain in their vehicles. Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked to quarantine.
  • Stay in your vehicle with the windows closed. 
  • Materials must be in an unlocked trunk.
  • Do NOT attend if you have:

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. 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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