Letter to Residents Regarding Program Update
California adopted Senate Bill 1383 requiring all communities to reduce the disposal of organic waste in landfills by 75% by 2025. The new law also serves as a statewide effort to combat climate change by reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. To achieve this mandate, the City is launching an Organics Waste Recycling Program for residential customers.
Effective January 1, 2023, all food waste is required to be placed directly into your existing green waste container. Organic waste is mainly comprised of food scraps and yard waste such as landscaping and
pruning waste. The back of this notice identifies items that can be included in your Recycling (blue/grey), Organic (green), and Landfill (black) containers.
Your participation is appreciated and will help the City reach the state goal of 75% landfill diversion by 2025.
If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (310) 781-6900.
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For the Environment:
Every year approximately 13 million gallons of motor oil that has been sold to the public is unaccounted for. California has no record of that motor oil being recycled. What happens to it? Maybe it is disposed of improperly…thrown down the storm drain, poured down the drain, poured on to a patch in the back yard, or thrown into the garbage.
Each of these methods of disposal is not only illegal, it is toxic to our environment! Used motor oil contains such contaminants as lead, magnesium, copper, zinc, and arsenic!
If these contaminants reach the ground, they can seep into our water supply and cause serious pollution. If they are released into our storm drain system they get washed away with the next rains directly into the ocean!
For the Economy:
For the Ease:
Don’t Dump Used Motor Oil and Filters!
Do Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Filters!
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Por el Medio Ambiente:
Cada año aproximadamente 13 millones de galones de aceite para motor que se han vendido al público no están contabilizados. California no mantiene un registro de que ese motor para aceite se esté reciclando. ¿Qué le sucede a éste? Quizás se desecha impropiamente…tirado por la alcantarílla para tormentas, vaciado en el drenaje, vertido en un lugar en el patio trasero, o tirado en la basura.
Cada uno de estos métodos de desecho no solamente es ilegal, ¡es tóxico para nuestro medio ambiente! ¡El aceite de motor usado contiene tales contaminantes como plomo, magnesio, cobre, zinc, y arsénico!
Si estos contaminantes llegan a la tierra, se pueden colar a nuestro abastecimiento de agua y causar contaminación grave. Si se echan a nuestro sistema de alcantarillas para tormentas, ¡son transportados directamente al océano con la siguiente lluvia!
Por la Economía:
Por la Facilidad:
¡No tire el aceite y los filtros para motor usados!
¡Recicle su aceite y filtros para motor usados!
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These words are designed to keep people away, yet many common household products are labeled with these warnings and left sitting on shelves or in cabinets long after they are needed. In a typical home, families have about 100 pounds of unwanted hazardous chemicals stored. These unneeded–and often forgotten–items are called “Household Hazardous Waste” (HHW). Take a look around. You probably have HHW that you don’t need, such as old paint, stain, lawn chemicals, bug spray, antifreeze, gasoline, and more.
Gathering and safely disposing of HHW will open up storage space and also make your home safer for your family, as well as emergency responders in case of fire or natural disaster. Plus, it will help us keep our ocean and beaches clean and safe. NEVER place HHW in the trash, recycling, or green waste cart, or pour into the street, gutter, storm drain, or sewer.
Instead, take advantage of Los Angeles County’s FREE, convenient HHW Round-Up Events. In addition to HHW, you can also drop off electronic waste, car batteries, household batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, expired medication, used sharps (in a secure container), and mercury thermometers. HHW Round-Ups are held once a year in Torrance and at least once each quarter in nearby cities: Carson (September), Lomita (December), Hermosa Beach (January), and Gardena (March). All Round-Up events are free and open to all residents of Los Angeles County.
If you don’t want to wait for one-day Round-Up event, you may drop off HHW and electronics year-round at the following nearby locations:
Saturdays and Sundays 2nd & 4th Saturday
9am – 3pm 9am – 2pm
Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center EDCO Recycling & Transfer
1400 N. Gaffey St. 2755 California Ave.
San Pedro, 90731 Signal Hill, 90755
To learn more about all of your HHW disposal options, visit the LA County Department of Public Works or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
Walgreens is leading the fight against prescription drug abuse with new programs to help curb the misuse of medications and reduce the rise in overdose deaths. In the ongoing national effort by a retailer, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in over 1,000 pharmacies across 45 states and the District of Columbia. Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications at no cost, year-round.
Kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure that medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.
The types of medications accepted include:
These items are not accepted at the kiosks:
There are safe medication disposal kiosks at two Torrance Walgreens stores:
4142 Pacific Coast Highway (corner of Anza & PCH)
Torrance, CA 90505
22930 S. Western Avenue (corner of Western & Sepulveda)
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 517- 1851
The drug disposal kiosks are only available during pharmacy hours: 8am to 9pm, daily.
For more information, please visit the Walgreens website.
As part of the City of Torrance‘s used motor oil recycling program, the City’s Public Works Department is proud to offer four (4) filter exchange events upcoming in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.
Save the date and visit us at one of our upcoming filter exchange events!
Questions? Please contact the City’s Used Oil Recycling Hotline toll-free at 888-HEY-SLICK.
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