Too Toxic To Trash!

On Saturday, October 6, the County of Los Angeles and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a household hazardous waste and e-waste roundup from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach off of Clark Ave. and Conant St.

Participants are encouraged to bring the following items to be recycled: Brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, and fluorescent light bulbs. Household electronic waste includes: Computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cellular phones, etc.

Items that cannot be brought are: Hazardous waste and electronic waste from businesses; explosives, ammunition, and radioactive materials; trash and tires; white goods such as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines; and controlled substances.

The following are some tips in transporting the items to the recycling site:

-Bring the items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers.

-Do not mix the items together.

-There is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per trip.

-Be prepared to leave your containers and boxes. Remove all other items from your trunk.

Home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles should NOT be placed in your trash. Bring them to the roundups or visit for alternate disposal options.

For a complete listing of what you can and cannot bring, or for information on events, please call (888) CLEAN-LA or (800) 238-0172, or visit or