Household Hazardous Waste

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HHW -Not all trash is created equal.

Not all trash is created equal, know what you throw away in your regular trash at home.  Toxic products are dangerous and need special disposal care.

Culver City cares about keeping its residents and environment safe from toxic pollution.

WATCH OUR HHW VIDEO HERE: acclaimed Joel Green of "Curiosity Quest Goes Green" tells us everything we need to know about Household Hazardous Waste in Culver City!

WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE?
We refer to ‘Household Hazardous Waste” as any toxic product used in the home environment that is harmful to the environment if disposed of, stored or managed improperly. Hazardous Waste needs special care for disposal.

The products below are toxic and illegal to throw away in your trash:

Paints Lawn & Garden Products  Beauty Products & Medicine 
Oil and Water-based paints
Turpentine paint stripper
Paint thinner
Rust remover
Varnish
Spray paint
Weed Killer
Snail Killer
Bug Spray
Fungicide
Herbicide
Fertilizer

Products in aerosol cans
Alcohol-based lotions
Nail polish and nail polish remover
Isopropyl alcohol
Hair relaxers and dyes
Depilatories
Deodorizers
Expired medicine
Sharps

Household Cleaners  Automotive fluids & Batteries Miscellaneous 
Ammonia-based cleaners
Tub,  tile and toilet cleaners
Floor care products
Window cleaners
Aerosol cleaners and sprays
Furniture polish
Metal cleaners and polish
Oven cleaners
Drain cleaners
Windshield water solution
Auto body repair products
Metal polish with solvent
Fuel oil and other oils
Transmission fluids
Brake fluid
Antifreeze
Used motor oil and filters
Windshield washer solution
Kerosene & gasoline
Car wax
Lead acid batteries
Cell phone rechargeable Batteries
Electronics
Swimming pool chemicals
Photographic chemicals
Dry cleaning solvents
Light bulbs
Mercury batteries
Fiberglass epoxy
Lighter fluid
Shoe polish
Moth balls
Glue

 

HOW TO IDENTIFY HAZARDOUS WASTE PRODUCTS?

Look for keywords on product labels:

Caution, Warning, Danger, Toxic, Corrosive, and Flammable.

If your product contains any of these words, it is considered toxic and should be disposed of properly at a hazardous waste event or center.

WHY DO TOXIC PRODUCTS NEED SPECIAL HANDLING?

SAFETY: harmful products are potentially dangerous to your family, neighbors, garden and pets. Toxic product should be kept away from the reach of children and pets.

DISPOSAL: Hazardous waste improperly disposed is dangerous and ILLEGAL.
Do not throw away hazardous waste in the household garbage.
Do not flush hazardous waste down toilets, sinks or drains.
Do not pour hazardous waste into storm drains or streets.

POLLUTION:

  • If Household Hazardous Waste is thrown in with regular trash, household chemicals can cause fires or explosions, injuring sanitation workers and go into landfills not permitted or intended for toxic chemicals that seep into the groundwater, contaminating our environment.
  • When flushed down a toilet, sink or drain, it goes through the sewage system to treatment plants not equipped to handle hazardous waste.
  • Dumping in streets or storm drains contaminates our waterways and ocean, significantly affecting our quality of life in LA County causing beach closures, disruption of aquatic life and health hazards to swimmers.
 
HOW TO DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE PROPERLY?

Determine if your product is toxic by checking the label for keywords

  • Keep products in original container and sealed
  • Round up all hazardous waste in a safe location (away from children and pets’ reach), into a container box that can be left behind
  • Drop them off at a Household Hazardous Waste event or permanent collection center
  • Paint recycling: most paint vendors in Culver City recycle old paint. Visit www.paintcare.org for details and locations near you.

WHERE TO DROP OFF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE?
  • Collection events: LA County offers “Too Toxic to Trash” events around the County: quick, safe and free of charge drop-off events, open to all LA County residents including Culver City. Check dates and locations at www.888cleanla.com
  • Permanent collection centers: open year round, residents can drop off their hazardous waste at one of the free collection centers. Check www.888cleanla.com for a center near you.
 
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CONTACT INFORMATION

In case of poison emergency, call 911 or the California Control System Emergency hotline at 1-800-876-4766

  • Call 1-888-CLEAN-LA or log onto www.888cleanla.com
  • Paint recycling: most paint vendors in Culver City recycle old paint. Visit www.paintcare.org for details and locations near you.

Remember: Keep your trash clean and free of Hazardous Waste!
Working together for a safer household and a cleaner environment!