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Free Compton hazardous waste, E-waste recycling roundup Saturday

A legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household items that can't go in regular trash

Compton Herald | e-waste
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Safely dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics; win prizes from CleanLA and KJLH 102.3 FM

COMPTON — The City will sponsor a free Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Recycling Roundup for area residents, Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Compton College, 1111 Artesia Boulevard [MAP].

The Roundup is a free and easy way to safely dispose of items too toxic to trash. Additionally, there will be CleanLA and KJLH 102.3 FM booths open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a chance to win prizes.

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste such as light bulbs, antifreeze, batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste, e-waste, and more

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County conduct more than 50 free Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundups annually throughout the County to provide residents with a convenient way to rid their homes of unwanted hazardous materials.

Sponsored jointly by the Sanitation Districts and the Department of Public Works, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals, for instance, that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.

There are potential risks associated with disposing of HHW improperly, such as polluting the environment and posing a threat to human health. Certain types of hazardous waste can cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains, toilets, on the ground or into storm sewers. HHW also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.

Things to bring

  • Motor oil, antifreeze, paint, paint thinner
  • Turpentine, cleaners with acids or lye
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Household and car batteries
  • Old computers and television sets
  • Sharps or used needles
  • Expired pharmaceuticals and mercury thermometers

Things not to bring

  • Explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials
  • Waste from businesses will not be accepted
  • Trash or old tires
  • White goods such as washers, stoves, refrigerators or air conditioners

How to prepare

  • In general, there is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 lbs. per vehicle
  • Bring items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers
  • Be prepared to leave your containers
  • Do not mix products together

For more information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or www.CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

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