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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!
Click here to find your nearest Used Oil and Filter recycling locations.
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!
Pulse aquí para encontrar las ubicaciones de reciclaje más cercanas de aceite y filtros usados.
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.
Download flyer here.
From December 26, 2018 through January 10, 2019, City of Torrance residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees along with their regular curbside collection.
Trees must be unflocked (no fake snow), less than six feet long (without cutting), and undecorated (no stands, tinsel, or ornaments).
How-To: Trees can be up to six (6) feet long without needing to be cut. Then, place the tree at the curb at least four feet from your automated containers by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day between Monday, December 26, 2016, and Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Other Options: Christmas trees put out for collection before or after the recycling collection dates, or flocked trees (with fake snow), must be cut up and placed in the regular (black) trash container for removal. Unflocked Christmas trees six (6) feet or smaller can be placed directly into the green waste container and will be collected during normal collection times.
Note: The large item collection program will not be available during the curbside Christmas tree recycling program. Remember that it takes at least a week to schedule the large item pick up, so please plan accordingly. For further details visit the Public Works Christmas Tree Recycling webpage.
For multifamily homes, businesses, and those not serviced by Torrance Sanitation, LA City Sanitation offers free tree pick-up and several tree drop-off locations. Please visit their webpage for the dates, locations, and all the details.
For more information, call City of Torrance Public Works Department at 310-781-6900.
What happens to my Christmas trees when they’re recycled?
Is there a more eco-friendly, sustainable option for Christmas trees?
Did you know it’s illegal to dispose of rechargeable batteries in the trash? Because rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals, they are classified as a Hazardous Waste. Whereas metals like lead, cadmium, zinc, and cobalt can pollute land and water when improperly disposed of, when recycled, these heavy metals from batteries can be reclaimed and used to make new batteries. Recycling rechargeable batteries not only reduces pollution, it conserves natural resources and reduces the energy costs involved in making new materials.
There are several different types of rechargeable batteries: lithium ion, nickel cadmium, small sealed lead acid, and nickel metal hydride. All rechargeable batteries different from single-use batteries (like common household AA, AAA, 9V and D-cell batteries). Single-use batteries cannot be recharged and must be disposed of once they run out of charge. You can find out how to properly dispose of single-use batteries here.
One of the most common types of rechargeable batteries are cell phone batteries. Rechargeable batteries are also found in cordless phones, laptops, cameras, cordless power tools, etc.
The good news about recycling rechargeable batteries is that there are many convenient drop-off locations around the country. Call2Recycle, a product stewardship program devised of battery manufacturers, has been recycling all types of batteries for over 20 years. Call2Recycle has partnered with retail locations to provide drop-off boxes for rechargeable battery recycling free of charge.
Not sure if you have single-use or rechargeable batteries? Check out the Battery Recycling Guide from Call2Recycle and watch the video below to learn more.
You can dispose of rechargeable batteries in the City of Torrance:
Take to a designated Call2Recycle drop-off location. Click here for a complete list of Call2Recycle drop-off locations.
What happens after you drop-off your rechargeable batteries? Check out this infographic from Call2Recycle on the lifecycle of your old batteries.
It is ILLEGAL to throw away mercury thermostats! Remember the Three R’s: Remove, Replace, Recycle!
Most modern buildings built in the past twenty years use programmable, LED-display thermostats, but you’ve undoubtedly seen the old school mercury thermostats at plenty of homes and businesses. Like any item containing mercury, thermostats are classified as a universal waste, and must be recycled. Mercury is a bio-toxin hazardous to our health and can cause serious environmental damage if improperly disposed of in landfills.
To encourage the proper dispose of mercury thermostats, Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a non-profit made up of thermostat manufacturers, has developed a product stewardship program. TRC has partnered with Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) wholesalers, thermostat retailers, and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection sites, to collect old mercury thermostats from the public in a drop-off program. Now, proper recycling of old thermostats is easier than ever!
In 2017, nearly 18,000 mercury thermostats were recycled under this program in California alone.
Since the Thermostat Recycling Corporation launched in 1998, they have collected more than 2.4 MILLION thermostats; that’s more than 11 TONS of mercury diverted from the waste stream.
You can recycle your old mercury thermostats at the following locations:
Take to a local participating program take-back wholesales. Click here to search for drop-off locations by zip codes.
You can also recycle mercury thermostats at an LA County-run, HHW S.A.F.E. collection center. Click here for a list of local HHW collection centers.
Please call collection sites for hours of operation and to confirm their participation in the Thermostat Recycling program.To learn more about Thermostat Recycling, visit the Thermostat Recycling Corporation’s website.
As part of the City of Torrance’s used oil recycling program, the City hosts a series of filter exchange events at auto parts stores around town. Since February of 2017, Torrance has hosted five (5) filter exchange events for residents.
Events are held once a quarter at Used Oil Certified Collection Centers on Saturdays, 9am–1pm. At filter exchanges, Torrance residents who bring in an old oil filter to recycle receive a voucher for a free, new filter to redeem in-store.
Many auto parts stores like AutoZone and O’Reilly participate in the statewide used oil recycling program by taking back motor oil & filters from the public and recycling them for free. Remember when doing your next oil change to call your local auto parts store to see if they are a Used Oil Certified Collection Center. And don’t forget the filter! Check Recycle Torrance for dates and details of the City’s next scheduled filter exchange event, or call (562) 944-4766 with any questions about the City of Torrance’s Used Oil Recycling Program
2017-2018 Filter Exchange — By The Numbers
Used Oil & Filter Recycling — Did You Know?