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Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

Volunteer to help keep Torrance Beach free from litter!

 

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By Mike Baird [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Saturday, September 16th marks the 33rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Hosted each year by Heal the Bay, Coastal Cleanup Day marks the largest, single-day volunteer event on the planet! This year, Heal the Bay is looking for more than 10,000 local Southern California residents to help pick up trash and debris from more than 50 coastal and inland sites.

Last year, more than 500,000 Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers removed more than 18.3 MILLION pounds of trash from beaches, waterways, parks and streams worldwide.

Torrance residents wishing to volunteer have many potential cleanup sites to choose from, including the City’s own Torrance Beach (aka RAT Beach). The meetup for the Torrance Beach cleanup will be at the Miramar Park/Tower Play Area, 201 Paseo De La Playa, Torrance, 90277.

Click on the interactive map below to choose a cleanup site near you:

 

To volunteer for the Torrance Beach site, or any Coastal Cleanup Day event, simply register at Heal the Bay’s event page here.

Quick Facts

  • What: Coastal Cleanup Day
  • When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 9am–12pm
  • Where: Over 50 cleanup sites around Southern California
  • How: Register online
  • Why: To help keep our oceans, beaches, waterways, streams and parks clean and free of trash!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Ages: Volunteers under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 18 years or younger must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

For more information, visit Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day website here.

Join Heal the Bay in Strawless Summer

Help reduce plastic litter by skipping the straw!

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of the Greater Los Angeles area safe, healthy, and clean. For over thirty years, Heal the Bay has been the Southland’s strongest advocate for the ocean.

Litter from plastic debris is a huge problem in Southern California oceans and waterways. In fact, by 2050, it is now estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean by mass than there are fish!

The most common form of plastic debris comes from beverage containers: plastic lids, cups, bottles, sleeves, stirrers, six-pack rings, and yes, straws. According to Heal the Bay, nearly 40% of all debris found in the environment is beverage-related.

Not only is plastic litter unsightly and gross, it’s dangerous. Marine mammals, fish, and birds can choke on litter, causing sickness, injury and death.

The City of Torrance is uniquely situated within the Dominguez Channel, a 70,000 acre watershed, extending from LAX to the Los Angeles Harbor. With Madrona Marsh, one of the only urban wetlands in Southern California, and 1.5 miles of Pacific coastline, the City of Torrance is one of the most geographically diverse areas in Los Angeles, and one of the most reliant on waterways for its natural beauty.

Litter is a constant problem in all densely-populated, urban areas, and the City of Torrance is no exception. Heal the Bay estimates that collectively, Americans use roughly 500 million plastic straws per day–enough to wrap around the Earth 2.5 times. Most of these plastic straws end up in landfills, but too many end up as litter in our local waterways.

To reduce litter from plastic straws, Heal the Bay is launching a new initiative:

Strawless Summer!

  • Make a commitment to Skip The Straw and visit Heal the Bay for details.
  • Enter the #StrawlessSummer contest to win free concert tickets.
  • Remember to reduce plastic debris from beverage containers by using reusable water bottles and coffee cups.

To learn more about reducing plastic pollution in Southern California waterways, Take Action. To learn more about keeping City of Torrance waterways clean, visit the City’s Stormwater homepage.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

City of Torrance Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling!

From December 27, 2016 through January 12, 2017, 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 27, 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?

  • The City of Torrance chops up the Christmas trees they collect and turn them into mulch and landfill cover. The City offers free mulch giveaways year-round at Lago Seco Park. Visit the Public Works Department for more details.
Is there a more eco-friendly, sustainable option for Christmas trees?
  • Yes! You can “rent” a living Christmas tree (one that has not been chopped down) and have it delivered to your home or business for the holiday season. You can visit Living Christmas for more details.

Keep Torrance Beautiful!

Join Keep America Beautiful in its Fight to End Littering!

Keep America Beautiful is a leading national nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beauty their community environment. For more than six decades, Keep America Beautiful has served as our country’s nonprofit steward of litter prevention.

Over 51 billion pieces of litter appear on U.S. roadways each year. Litter has environmental consequences. Wind and weather, traffic, and animals move litter into gutters, lawns and landscaped areas, alleyways, and parking structures. Litter near storm drains and beach debris are also likely to wash into local waterways, with potential for serious environmental contamination.

Help Stop Littering! It starts with you…

  • Choose not to litter. Make the commitment now and take the “Be Recycled” pledge with thousands of other Americans.
  • Remind others not to litter and why.
  • If you’re a smoker, carry and use a portable or pocket ashtray.
  • If you see litter, pick it up.
  • Volunteer to help prevent and cleanup litter.

Participate in Keep America Beautiful’s exciting programs this Fall. Registration opens Monday, August 1 for Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day. The theme for America Recycles Day this year is “Be Recycled.”

Waste Prevention!

Waste reduction at home!

Waste prevention (or source reduction) means eliminating waste before it’s created by purchasing products with less packaging, reusing goods instead of throwing them away, using up products completely and eliminating waste whenever possible. Waste prevention saves resources, promotes efficiency, reduces pollution and may even save money.

A few ways to stop waste at the start:

  • Compost yard waste and kitchen scraps
  • Buy reusable rather than disposable products
  • Bring a shopping bag to the store
  • Buy in bulk when possible
  • Avoid individually wrapped or single-serving products
  • Choose products with refillable or reusable containers
  • Buy fresh produce at local farmers’ markets without packaging
  • Reduce the amount of unwanted mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste reduction (or prevention) is the preferred approach to waste management because waste that never gets created doesn’t have waste management costs. Visit CalRecycle for more information on how to reduce waste at home.

 

HHW & E-Waste Collection!

Dispose of HHW & E-Waste Properly!

Hazardous and electronic waste is any discarded material that threatens public health, safety, and the environment due to its chemical nature. Throwing these materials in the trash, down storm drains, on the ground, or in the sewer system puts oceans and groundwater at risk.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works provides free, one-day, periodic collection events. Make sure to visit us on June 18th at American Honda!
The City of Torrance will be hosting a HHW & E-Waste collection event from 9am to 3pm.

THINGS WE WANT YOU TO BRING…

  • Motor oil, antifreeze, paint, paint thinner
  • Turpentine, cleaners with acids or lye
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Household and car batteries
  • Sharps or used needles
  • Expired pharmaceuticals and mercury thermometers

THINGS WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BRING…
  • Explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials
  • Waste from businesses will NOT be accepted
  • Trash or old tires
  • Household and car batteries
  • Sharps or used needles
  • White goods such as washers, stoves, refrigerators or air conditioners

In addition, all residents of Los Angeles County may utilize the City of Los Angeles S.A.F.E. permanent collection centers (various), the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (in Palmdale) or EDCO Recycling and Transfer Center (in Signal Hill) to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge.

FREE PERMANENT DROP-OFF FACILITY NEAR TORRANCE
S.A.F.E. Collection Center
1400 North Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90021
The San Pedro site is open SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS from 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. except Holidays and rainy days.

Recycle Glass Bottles & Jars!

Did you know glass never wears out?

Glass is one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing strength, purity or quality.

Recycling glass bottles and jars is easy in the City of Torrance, thanks to the curbside collection program. All colors of glass bottles and jars can be placed in your recycling container and placed on the curb every week for recycling. Please rinse containers. Lids, caps and labels on glass bottles and jars are okay. The grey or blue bins are for recycling of plastics, glass, paper and metal. Blue bins are now available in 96-gallon size. Switch to the new blue bin by clicking here!

Accepted Glass Containers in Curbside Recycling:

Yes

  • Glasses bottles, all colors
  • Jars
  • Beer bottles
  • Pickle jars
  • Wine bottles
  • Any glass container

No
  • Auto glass
  • Ceramic mugs/plates
  • Fluorescent bulbs, light bulbs
  • Glass dishes, drinking glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Plate/window glass
  • Porcelain
  • Pyrex dishes

In California you can also earn money back for recycling glass beverage containers. Typically, individuals will receive five or 10 cents back for each qualifying bottle returned to a participating retail store or recycling center. To find a recycling center near you, visit Earth911.com.

For more information on the City of Torrance curbside recycling program, visit the Torrance Public Works webpage.

February 18th is National Battery Day!

Recycle Batteries For A Chance To Win A Prize!

Give a little love back to our planet and join the City of Torrance and Call2Recycle in celebrating National Battery Day on February 18th for a chance to win a prize!

Call2Recycle is hosting a contest throughout the month of February in celebration of National Battery Day! Eight lucky U.S. recyclers will win $250 to add to their satisfaction of having properly disposed of their batteries, just post a picture of yourself recycling a used household battery. For more details, visit call2recycle.org/nationalbatteryday.

The steps are easy:

  • 1. Visit one of Call2Recycle’s retail partners’ locations to drop off your used batteries for recycling, or find another recycling location near you through their collection site locator.
  • 2. Take a picture of yourself recycling a battery at one of the collection sites.
  • 3. Submit your photo through Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NBD2016Recycle2Win, or post it here, anytime between now and February 29.

Why is battery recycling important?
Recycling batteries is good for the environment! It keeps them out of landfills, where heavy metals (like lead, cadmium, zinc lithium and mercury) may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes, causing soil and water pollution.

The City of Torrance and L.A. County offer free collection and drop-off programs for residents to get rid of unwanted batteries. PLEASE NOTE, to tape positive (+) end of batteries before taking to a collection site or event. Listed below are a few battery-recycling sites in the City.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or Event

  • Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Collection Center
    1400 Gaffey St. Los Angeles, CA 90731
    Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-3pm
  • Torrance HHW/E-Waste Roundup Event
    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    American Honda – 1919 Torrance Blvd.
    Hours: 9am-3pm
  • Visit CLEANLA.com for additional information and a complete list of permanent centers and upcoming events.
Designated County Library Drop Off Site Call2Recycle – Rechargeable Battery and Cellphone Collection
  • Lowes – 22255 S. Western Ave.
  • Lowes – 2700 Skypark Dr.
  • Home Depot – 24451 Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Best Buy – 3675 Pacific Coast Hwy
  • Verizon Wireless – 24329 Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Please contact collection sites for hours of operation and regulations. Visit Call2Recycle.org for more information on rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling.

Free Sandbags Available!

Prepare for El Niño!

With El Niño approaching, sandbags are the most effective and inexpensive defenses. Street Maintenance provides free sandbags to residents in Torrance residing in single-family homes and duplexes only. During storms, Street Maintenance orders and fills sandbags for Torrance residents. Each resident can pick up a maximum of 25 filled sandbags at no cost at the City Yard, depending on availability.

Please call Public Works at 310-781-6900 before coming to the City Yard to make sure a crew is available to help load the sandbags into a truck or car. Also, be sure to bring some form of ID (Driver’s License) to show residency within the City of Torrance.

During after-hours storm emergencies, Torrance residents may call the Torrance Fire Department at 310-781-7042 for information on sandbag availability.

Visit this Torrance Public Works webpage for more information.
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Image: Sand bags (Michael Marquand / Getty Images)