Keep landfills toxic free!
If you recently upgraded to a big, new flat-screen, make sure you responsibly dispose of those big, boxy TV.
According to The New York Times there are more than 200 million of these TV units sitting in American homes just awaiting disposal.
All types of electronic waste present a challenge for recyclers, but CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) televisions and monitors are particularly difficult to deal with.
More than 40% of all the lead that leaks out at our landfills and contaminates our land and water comes from electronics thrown in the trash. And your old TV set alone contains up to eight pounds of lead. New legislation has ruled that all electronics are now considered a form of hazardous waste.
Because of this new designation, we can no longer include computer monitors or TV sets in the large item collection program, and no electronic materials can be disposed of with regular trash. These items must be safely disposed of or recycled.
Here are some options in the City of Torrance:
- Attend a free Household Hazardous & Electronic Waste Collections run by the County for free recycling or safe disposal at the regular. These free periodic events occur at least once a month in the South Bay area. Click here for the schedule of upcoming collection events, or call 1-800-238-0173. These events are for residents only, not businesses.
- Visit S.A.F.E. Collection Center, a free permanent drop-off facility that all Los Angeles County residents can use for recycling or safe disposal of electronics and other hazardous wastes. Location at 1400 N. Gaffey St. San Pedro. Open every Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm except holidays and rainy days. For additional information, call 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942) or click here to visit their website.
- Take your old TVs to Walser’s Art Supply, a certified drop off for electronics recycling. They will accept materials from both residents and businesses. Please click here for their flyer for their location, drop-off times, and other restrictions. Click here to visit their website.
- Donations are always a possibility.
For more information, visit the City of Torrance Public Works Department Electronic Recycling webpage or call (310) 781-6900.