Protecting Children this October!
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is devoting Children’s Health Month to the issues of climate change and children’s health. We believe that a public health response to these issues, combined with raising awareness in the general population about the threats and how to prepare for and respond to them, is the best way forward.
We know that living with climate change will have consequences for our health, and we know that these consequences will be different for children than for adults. Across the country, children’s health will be affected – but not always in the same ways.
Some climate change related developments will be particularly challenging for children with asthma and allergies, as heat, air pollution, and a longer allergy season all combine to worsen symptoms. Some children live in parts of the country where drought is present; others will see more rainfall and storms. Biting mosquitoes and Lyme disease-carrying ticks are expected to be more problematic for children as the climate continues to change.
Across the country, children who live in poverty will face even more challenges as the climate changes, thus requiring appropriate public health awareness, preparation and response.
The EPA has developed an action step for each day of October to help keep your children safe.
The EPA is also hosting a number of nationwide Children’s Health events. Local Children’s Health Month Event:
- Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition
This summit provides an opportunity for participants to learn how to create healthy and efficient learning environments. EPA Region 9 staff will provide a panel presentation about what measures can be undertaken during energy efficiency upgrades to create healthier school environments. EPA Region 9 staff will also have an outreach table with information on various healthy school topics including indoor air quality, lead paint hazards, PCBs, integrated pest management, and more. This event is open to the public. Please see the summit website for information on how to register.
Date: October 28 – 29, 2015
Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
More Information: Please contact Eric Canteenwala (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 415-972-3932.
For further information on the EPA’s Children’s Health Month visit their website.
Soil is a vital part of the natural environment! Therefore, building and maintaining healthy soil is important.
Below are a few benefits healthy soil provides for our environment, according to Kiss the Ground:
- Less CO2
- Drought Resistence
- Clean Water
- Restored Habitats
- Healthy Food
Visit Kiss the Ground to learn more about the power of healthy soil.
Waste Reduction Before School!
Summer is almost at an end and the new school year is just around the corner. Manage back to school shopping by practicing the “3 Rs” of waste reduction!
There are lots of ways to make sure you do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle when heading back to school.
Save money and save the environment when heading back to school! Visit CalRecycle for further Back to School Waste Prevention tips.
Your Guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
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Visit the Torrance Public Works website for more information.
A Guide on How to Handle Old or Unused Pesticides!
Plants, insects, bacteria, fungi and other organisms are a natural part of the environment. Some can benefit people, while others can be pests that you may need or want to control. You can choose from many different methods to control a pest. One method is to use a pesticide.
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy, suppress or alter the life cycle of any pest. It is important that pesticides are used only where they are absolutely justified. It is essential that you carefully identify the pest you wish to control and then fully consider all the control options. When using a pesticide you must always follow label directions.
Most common pesticides contain toxins and are categorized as household hazardous waste (HHW). Improper disposal of pesticides can result in accidental poisonings of children, pets, and wildlife, so it’s important that you avoid certain habits when getting rid of leftover pesticides.
- Do NOT pour leftover pesticides down the sink, into the toilet, or down a sewer or street drain.
- Never reuse pesticide containers to carry or store other items, especially food or drinks. When empty, triple-rinse and dispose of the container according to label instructions.
- Never puncture or burn a pressurized or aerosol container – it could explode.
Follow these safety recommendations for safe disposal of pesticides and their containers:
- The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to apply them for the specified pest according to the directions on the label.
- If you have no further use for them, ask your neighbors whether they have a similar pest control problem and can use them.
- The donated pesticide must be in its original, fully-labeled container.
- Make sure that the person who receives it can read and follow the label directions.
- Always follow the label directions for disposal.
- Drop off at a Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up or permanent location.
Visit Los Angeles County Sanitation District website for more information on upcoming events and locations.
- Hyperion Treatment Plant S.A.F.E. Center
7660 W. Imperial Hwy., Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
- Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Center
1400 Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Visit the City of Torrance Public Works Household Hazardous Waste homepage for more information.
Remember the 2-6-8-10 Plan!
On May 5, 2015, City Council approved activation of Level 2 water requirements due to the severity of the drought and to meet the new state regulations.
The Conservation Ordinance applies to the entire City regardless of retail water supplier.
Level 2 -Water Use Requirements and Regulations:
- Calls for up to 30 percent water use reduction
- No outside watering fro 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Outdoor watering limited to two days a week for 10 minutes per area or irrigation station
- Fix all leaks within four days
- No watering 48 hours after rain event
- Certain restrictions on filling and refilling of pools, spas and ponds
- Provides for administrative rules to implement the ordinance
Permanent Requirements In Effect at all Times:
- No excessive runoff from outdoor watering
- No washing of exterior surfaces
- No washing of vehicles with “open hose”
- All water features must have a re-circulating system
Remember the 2-6-8-10 Plan!
2 Days a week
6 PM – 8 AM Watering Times
10 Minutes/area (watering station)
Water Conservation Tips for the Home:
- Check faucets, pipes, and toilets for leaks
- Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
Water Conservation Tips for the Yard and Garden:
- Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants
- Water your lawn only when it needs it
- Don’t run the hose while washing your car
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
Click here for a list of 100+ WATER USE IT WISELY conservation tips.
Dispose of Unwanted Household Batteries Properly!
It is ILLEGAL to throw away household batteries!
More than 900,000 household batteries are improperly and illegally disposed of each year in Los Angeles. Batteries that end up in landfills have a negative effect on our environment, potentially causing serious health risks to humans and animals.
AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries) must be disposed of properly because they may contain a corrosive chemical that can cause burns as well as toxic heavy metals like cadmium.
To encourage proper dispose of household batteries, Los Angeles County offers free and convenient collection and drop-off programs to get rid of unwanted batteries safely. PLEASE NOTE: Tape positive (+) end of batteries before taking to a collection site.
You can dispose of household batteries by doing one of the following:
Drop off household batteries at a mobile Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection event or permanent collection center.
- City of Torrance HHW/E-Waste Collection Event
June 13th (9am-3pm)
- Gaffey Street S.A.F.E. Collection Center
1400 Gaffey St. Los Angeles, CA 90731
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-3pm
Click here for a complete list of upcoming events. Click here for a list of permanent center locations.
Take to a designated County Library collection site. Click here for a complete list of the County Library collection sites.
- Carson Library
151 E. Carson St. Carson, CA 90745
Take to a local collection center. Click here for a list of local retail store collection centers.
- IKEA – Carson
22255 S. Western Ave. Carson, CA 90746
Please call collection sites for hours of operation and regulations.
45th Anniversary of Earth Day!
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, marking what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. Forty five years later, Earth Day continues to be a day of action!
On April 22 citizens throughout the world participate in various community activities to help keep our environment beautiful.
Join the City of Torrance in celebrating Earth Day this year by participating in the community events going on this month!
- Madrona Marsh Earth Day Fair
3021 Plaza Del Amo Terrace
Admission is FREE!
Enjoy arts and crafts, docent led tours and a kids concert with artist Dan Crow, regularly seen on Nickelodeon and The Learning Channel.
For more information visit this Friends of Madrona March webpage or call 310-782-3989.
- City of Torrance Earth Day Recycling Event
Toyota Employee Parking Lot (off Toyota Way, south of the intersection of 190th and Van Ness)
Free to Torrance Residents!
– Paper Shredding Drop-Off
– Electronics Recycling Drop-Off
– Shoe and Clothing Recycling Drop-Off
– Used Oil and Filter Exchange Drop-Off
For more information visit this Recycle Torrance Events webpage of contact Torrance Public Works at 310-781-6900.
Click here to view The Torrance Public Works Department Newsletter. “One’s Person’s Trash…” Your guide to reducing, reusing, and recycling.
How to Store and Dispose of Medical Waste and Sharps!
Medication waste is synonymous with drug waste, pharmaceutical waste, unused or expired medication, unused or expired drugs, prescription and over-the-counter human drugs, veterinary drugs, diagnostic agents, and nutritional supplements. Sharps include lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades and broken glass articles (other than household items). According to state law, an approved sharps container is rigid, leak-proof, puncture resistant, sealed and clearly marked with the bio-hazard symbol.
- Flush your sharps waste or medications down the toilet or drain.
- Place your sharps waste in the trash, green waste, or recycling bin.
- Put needles into used plastic milk jugs, bleach bottles, or soda bottles.
- Never place medical waste and sharps in the trash or recycling container.
To properly store medical sharps prior to disposal:
Place in a rigid, hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on or tight-fitting lid. The container should be puncture-resistant and leak proof. Milk containers are not puncture resistant. Once the container is 3/4 full, close the lid tightly and seal it with duct tape. Mark the container very clearly “SHARPS.”
Containers specifically made for sharps storage can be purchased at pharmacies or medical supply stores. Including:
- Health Care Partners Medical Group, 3565 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, 90503 (310) 793-4647. Hours: Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm
- Some Goodwill Stores distribute sharps containers for free. Click here for a listing.
To properly dispose of medical sharps:
Medical sharps are a hazardous waste that cannot be disposed with regular trash. Below are a list of ways to properly dispose of medical waste and sharps.
Drop-off Collection Sites
Filled sharps containers can be taken to appropriate collection sites, which may include doctors’ offices, hospitals, health clinics, pharmacies, health departments, community organizations, police and fire stations, and medical waste facilities.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites
Self-injectors can take their used sharps to household hazardous waste collection sites, and place them in the sharps collection bins.
For a hazardous waste drop off event or permanent hazardous waste facility, visit CleanLA.com for a list of upcoming HHW collection events and permanent facilities.
Used sharps can be mailed (in accordance with U.S. Postal Service requirements), to a collection site for proper disposal. Mail-back programs are available for individual use by sharps users, and can also serve as a disposal method for community collection sites, but there may be a charge, so please contact them.
For more information, please contact the City of Torrance Public Works Department at 310-781-6900 or click here to go to the website.