Household Hazardous Waste is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. Universal waste includes products that have low levels of hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium. Households often discard many common items such as paint, batteries, oil, tires and pesticides. These products, if mishandled, can be dangerous to your health and the environment, and therefore should be disposed of in a careful manner. Also, these materials should never be discarded in a sink, storm drain or in your regular trash.
Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
LA County HHW Round-Ups
The County of Los Angeles now accepts HHW at their Household Hazardous Waste round-ups throughout the year. These roundups occur on almost a weekly basis on a rotating schedule. Residential e-waste can be brought to these roundups for proper disposal at no charge.
For more information on dates and locations you can also call the LA County Sanitation District at (800) 238-0173, visit their website at www.lacsd.org; or call the LA County Department of Public Works at (888) CLEAN-LA or log on to www.cleanla.com
Used Motor Oil Recycling
With funds from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of San Dimas has implemented a curbside used motor oil collection and recycling program for single-family residential areas.
On trash day, residents may place their used oil at the curbside in a tightly sealed container for the trash collectors to pick up. For best results, it is also a good idea to contact Waste Management at (800) 266-7551 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick-up. If you do not have a sealable container, you may pick one up free of charge from City Hall. The containers are available in 6-quart and 15-quart capacities.
Disposing of Universal Waste
Universal waste must be disposed of at designated recycling centers or Household Hazardous Waste collection centers. They cannot be disposed of in the trash, and then subsequently deposited into landfills.
Universal waste includes:
- Common batteries - AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries—In San Dimas, you may dispose of batteries at Vallarta Market and Nichols Lumber.
- Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other mercury - containing lamps - high intensity discharge (HID), metal halide, sodium and neon bulbs
- Thermostats - old-style with the sealed glass "tilt switch" (newer electronic versions are not included)
- Electrical switches and relays - mercury switches found in some chest freezers, pre-1972 washing machines, sump pumps, electric space heaters, clothes irons, silent light switches, automobile hood and trunk lights, and ABS brakes
- Pilot light sensors - mercury switches found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters
- Mercury gauges - some barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges contain mercury
- Novelties - musical greeting cards, mercury maze games, athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights
- Mercury thermometers
- Non-empty aerosol cans that contain hazardous materials