Jan 1, 2023 – Organics Waste Recycling Begins

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.

Why Recycle Oil?

So, what do you do with used motor oil and filters? Recycle them!

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Why Recycle?

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:

  • Used motor oil and filters are very recyclable.
  • Oil only gets dirty, not worn down. It can be cleaned and used over and over again.
  • Used oil can be re-refined into new engine oil, or processed into fuel for heating.
  • Not only does recycling oil help stop pollution, but it also conserves resources and decreases the demand for new crude oil.The steel components in oil filters are highly recyclable, too!

For the Ease:

  • Recycling used motor oil and filters is easy!
  • There are dozens of local businesses that will accept your used motor oil and filters FREE of charge.
  • And you are eligible for a $.40 per gallon rebate.

Don’t Dump Used Motor Oil and Filters!

  • Every gallon of used motor oil that is improperly disposed of by throwing it into the trash, pouring it down a storm drain, or out on the ground pollutes our environment.
  • If one gallon of motor oil enters our coastal ocean waters it can create an oil slick larger than one acre. That same gallon of used motor oil can make 1,000,000 gallons of fresh water undrinkable.
  • Oil dumped on the ground reduces soil productivity.
  • In the U.S., less than 60 percent of used oil is recycled.

Do Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Filters!

  • 1 in 5 households have a do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changer.
  • As of July 2004, there are more than 2,600 State-certified collection centers and 70 curbside collection programs in California, which accept used oil for free.
  • 2.5 quarts of re-refined lubricating oil can be produced from one gallon of used oil.

Click here to find your nearest Used Oil and Filter recycling locations.

Entonces, ¿Qué es lo que hace uno con el aceite y filtros para motor usados? ¡Reciclarlos!

¿Por qué reciclar?

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:

  • El aceite y los filtros usados para motor son muy reciclables.
  • El aceite solamente se ensucia, no se desgasta. Se puede limpiar y usar una y otra vez.
  • El aceite usado se puede refinar como aceite nuevo para motor, o se puede procesar como combustible para calefacción. El reciclar el aceite no solamente ayuda a detener la contaminación, sino que también conserva recursos y disminuye la demanda de aceite crudo nuevo.
  • ¡Los componentes de acero en los filtros de aceite también son muy reciclables!

Por la Facilidad:

  • ¡El reciclar el aceite y los filtros para motor es fácil!
  • Docenas de empresas locales aceptan aceite y filtros para motor GRATUITAMENTE.
  • Y usted es elegible para un reembolso de $.16 por galón. Algunos detallistas (Kragen Auto Parts, por ejemplo) ¡le agradecen a los recicladores con un cupón de descuento para su uso en su siguiente compra!

¡No tire el aceite y los filtros para motor usados!

  • Cada galón de aceite usado para motor que se desecha impropiamente al tirarlo en la basura, vertiéndolo en una alcantarilla para tormentas, o en la tierra contamina nuestro medio ambiente.
  • Si un galón de aceite para motor entra en las aguas de la costa oceánica puede crear una marea negra más grande que un acre. Ese mismo galón de aceite usado para motor puede hacer que un millón de galones de agua fresca no se pueda beber.
  • El aceite que se tira en la tierra reduce la productividad del suelo.
  • En los Estados Unidos, menos del 60% del aceite usado se recicla.

¡Recicle su aceite y filtros para motor usados!

  • 1 de 5 familias tiene una persona que cambia el aceite (DIY).
  • A partir de enero de 2007, hay 21 centros de recaudación certificados por el Estado ubicados en la Ciudad de Torrance y la comunidad circundante, los cuales aceptan aceite usado gratuitamente. ¡Muchas de estas ubicaciones también aceptan filtros de aceite usados!
  • 2.5 cuartos de aceite para lubricación vueltos a refinar se pueden producir de un galón de aceite usado.

Pulse aquí para encontrar las ubicaciones de reciclaje más cercanas de aceite y filtros usados.

Are Hazards Hiding in Your House?


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 Safe Medication Disposal Program

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:

  • prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • ointments and creams
  • liquids
  • lotions
  • pet medications
  • vitamins

These items are not accepted at the kiosks:

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • needles
  • inhalers
  • aerosol cans
  • thermometers
  • illegal drugs

There are safe medication disposal kiosks at two Torrance Walgreens stores:

4142 Pacific Coast Highway (corner of Anza & PCH)
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 375-9019

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.

Don’t Forget the Filter! Used Oil Filter Exchange Events Coming to Torrance

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.



  • All filter exchange events are FREE for Torrance residents.
  • Residents who bring in an old oil filter to recycle will receive a voucher for a new oil filter to redeem in-store that day.
  • Free filters are limited to stock in-store; maximum two new filters when you recycled two old filters; restrictions apply.
  • Residents recycling filters OR used motor oil at this event are eligible to receive a free oil recycling container.


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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