Hazardous & E-Waste Disposal

As the holiday season comes to an end and decorations are packed away for another year, many people find this time to be an ideal opportunity to clean house and throw away household items that are no longer of use.  Most items you may be able to identify as trash or recyclable, but what about that old paint, used batteries, or partially filled containers of kerosene and other flammables?  You recently purchased a new television, now what should you do with the old one?  The San Marino Fire Department is frequently asked, what do we do with these items?

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County sponsor weekly Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste (HHW) disposal events all around Los Angeles County.  These one-day collection events provide all Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household items and chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash, no appointment is needed.

Eligible items for disposal at a HHW event include: motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid, used antifreeze, paint, paint thinner, aerosol cans, turpentine, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, household batteries or car batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, miscellaneous electronics, mercury thermometers or thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, used needles or sharps (in a sharps container or sturdy box labeled “SHARPS”), and unwanted or expired prescriptions.

A collection event will be held in the City of Rosemead on February 1, 2020 and in the City of San Gabriel on March 7, 2020.  A list of all upcoming collection events, as well as a full list of items that can and cannot be brought to the event can be found at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County website https://www.lacsd.org/services/solidwaste/hhw_e_waste.

Additionally, LA Sanitation has 7 permanent S.A.F.E. (Solvents / Automotive / Flammables / Electronics) collection centers, open Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The Los Angeles-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center is located at 4600 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Help the San Marino Fire and Police Departments keep our homes and our City and our environment safe by safely disposing of household hazardous waste.  For more information on hazardous and electronic waste visit How Do I Dispose of Hazardous Waste.  For information on trash hauling and regular recyclables, visit How Do I Dispose of Yard Waste and Recyclable Materials.

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