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Torrance Used Oil Filter Exchange Program

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

  • # of Events: 5
  • # of Participants: 150
  • # of Filters Collected: 357
  • Gallons of Oil Collected: 262

 

<em>Residents who recycle their oil or filters at a City of Torrance filter exchange can receive oil change supplies, like a 6-quart oil drain container, shop towel, and funnel.</em>
Residents who recycle their oil or filters at a City of Torrance filter exchange can receive oil change supplies, like a 6-quart oil drain container, shop towel, and funnel.

 

<em>Giving away filter exchange supplies at the February 17, 2018 filter exchange at AutoZone. </em>
Giving away filter exchange supplies at the February 17, 2018 filter exchange at AutoZone.

Used Oil & Filter Recycling — Did You Know?

  • Did You Know In California, 1 in 5 households have a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) oil changer.
  • Did You Know There are more than 2,600 Used Oil Certified Collection Centers in California. There are 24 in Torrance.
  • Did You Know If improperly disposed of, the oil from a single oil change (1 gallon) can pollute as much as 1 million gallons of drinking water. One million gallons is enough to supply drinking water for 50 people for a year.
  • Did You Know In the U.S., less than 60% of the motor oil sold is recycled.
  • Did You Know Recycled motor oil is often turned into re-refined oil. Re-refined oil is more energy efficient, better for the environment, costs less to produce, and just as effective as virgin motor oil. Recycling one gallon of motor oil produces 2.5 quarts of re-refined oil.
  • Did You Know Even after draining, a typical used motor oil filter retains more than 10 fluid ounces of oil. Disposing of oil filters in the trash is illegal.
  • Did You Know Metal oil filters are made of steel, another recyclable resource. If all the metal oil filters sold in America each year were recycled, that would result in the recovery of about 160,000 tons of steel!
  • Did You Know DIY oil recyclers who recycle their motor oil at a Used Oil Recycling Certified Collection Center are eligible to receive 40 cents per gallon of oil brought in.

 

<em>Torrance residents recycle at the City’s December 9th, 2017 filter exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts. </em>
Torrance residents recycle at the City’s December 9th, 2017 filter exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

 

<em>Did you know? Motor oil never wears out or “goes bad,” it just gets dirty. Recycling motor oil cleans out dirt, impurities, water and other liquid contaminants so the oil can be re-refined and used again and again.</em>
Did you know? Motor oil never wears out or “goes bad,” it just gets dirty. Recycling motor oil cleans out dirt, impurities, water and other liquid contaminants so the oil can be re-refined and used again and again.

 

<em>Both the used motor oil and the steel in automotive filters can be recycled.</em>
Both the used motor oil and the steel in automotive filters can be recycled.

Coastal Cleanup Day @ Torrance Beach September 15, 2018

Make a difference in your community by volunteering!

 

 

Want an opportunity to help keep your community safe and clean? Join Team Torrance as a volunteer at the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 15th from 9am–12 noon. Co-hosted by Heal the Bay, the Ocean Conservancy, the California Coastal Commission, and the L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors, this year’s Torrance event is sponsored by American Honda and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, and will take place at Torrance Beach. For more info on the Torrance Beach Cleanup, please contact Beach Captain Leslie Cortez at (310) 618-5864 or Co-Captain Betty Perez at (310) 781-7627.

Last year’s Torrance Beach Cleanup received a record number of volunteers, so sign up early this year. Volunteers meet at Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa @ Calle Miramar.

There are many more opportunities to help keep our beaches & oceans clean at various locations throughout L.A. County. To sign-up, visit Heal the Bay.

In 2017, Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers removed more than 800,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California coast and inland waterways–in only 3 hours! Volunteering really makes an impact in our local communities.

Visit the City of Torrance’s Coastal Cleanup Day website for more info.

 

 

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 15th, 2017 from 9am–12pm
  • Where: Torrance Beach and over 50 cleanup sites around Southern California
  • How: Get involved
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

Curbside Collection Program!

Gray, Green, Black Bins… What goes where?

The City of Torrance curbside collection program makes residential trash and recycling easy. The program consists of one Black, Gray, and Green bin. What do the colors represent?

The Gray bin is for recycling of plastics, glass, and paper. Items such as aluminum cans and foil, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, empty food boxes, egg cartons (cardboard only), glass bottles and jars, junk mail, magazines and brochures, metal coat hangers, newspapers, phonebooks, and tin cans. Do not place liquids, napkins, tissue paper and anything soiled with food into Gray bin.

  • Tip: Please rinse out containers, but be sure all liquids are drained from containers before placing in recycling bins.
  • Tip: Labels can be left on the containers. Lids can be recycled in the bin, but please take them off the containers.

The Green bin is for recycling yard waste including grass, leaves, wood chips, tree branches, sawdust, garden trimmings, green plants, and weeds. Material cannot protrude from the top of the containers more than 2 or 3 feet.

  • Tip: Recycle your Christmas trees any time in your green waste container. Cut up your Christmas tree to meet green waste collection requirements.
  • Tip: Leave your grass clippings on the lawn – it’s a good source of nitrogen and acts as a fertilizer. You can also recycle your green waste and food waste at home to create your own compost. Go to www.smartgardening.com to learn more.

The Black bin is for trash only. Trash items include food waste, soiled toiletries/food containers, cigarette butts, diapers, sponges, styrofoam, waxed paper, palm fronds, cactus, ice plant, and yucca. Do not place dirt, rock, sod, concrete, construction debris, hot ashes, liquids, electronics, and hazardous wastes into Black bin.

  • Tip: If you need additional capacity, leave the lid open and place a securely closed additional 30-gallon trash bag on top of your other waste.

Visit the City of Torrance’s Residential Curbside Collection webpage for more information.

Recycle Used Oil and Filters!

It’s Quick, It’s Easy and It’s the Right Thing To Do!

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.

  • Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. 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!
  • Yes, used oil is very recyclable. Used oil can be re-refined or processed into fuel oil.
  • Oil filters contain used oil and steel. Both are valuable nonrenewable resources.

When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, and conserving a valuable resource. That’s a winning combination!

Find a Certified Collection Center in the City of Torrance!

For more information on used oil and filter recycling visit CalRecycle.

Storm Drains are for Rain!

Keep the Drains Clean!

Everything that goes in a storm drain comes out in the ocean!

Unlike water that goes to the sanitary sewer system, storm water is not treated or filtered before it is discharged to the ocean. Polluted runoff can have harmful effects on wildlife and the recreational uses of streams, creeks and beaches.

Do not dump trash, debris, or liquids down the storm drains, gutters, or streets.

There is plenty we can all do to help!

  • Keep trash and litter out of drains, especially cigarette butts. In fact, 32% of litter at storm drains is tobacco products. Always throw your litter in the garbage.
  • Remember to scoop your pet’s poop. Unscooped poop gets carried by overland water contaminating our waterways. Carry a pet waste bag with you on walks and dispose of them properly.
  • Keep cars well maintained to prevent leaks. Do not dispose of automotive fluids in the street, gutter or in the garbage. It is illegal! Visit 888CleanLA.com for the location of a center that recycles these fluids or go to a local household hazardous waste roundup.
  • Do not overwater lawns. Overflowing water will cause toxic fertilizers and pesticides to run into the street, down the storm drain and into the ocean. Please use fertilizers and pesticides wisely, not before a rain, and water carefully. There are also biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products for outdoor cleaning and landscape maintenance.
  • Do not sweep, wash, or blow grass clippings or other lawn debris into the street. They can clog catch basins. Properly dispose of green waste by placing into the green bin provided by the city.

You can keep your community clean, protect our area waterways and make the beaches safe by following these simple steps. Help keep the City of Torrance beautiful!

Composting!

From Garbage To Your Garden!

Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil.

With compost, you are creating rich humus for your lawn and garden. This adds nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture in the soil.

Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can and offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.

Composting is free, good for the environment, and explained by this simple formula:

Air + Water + Carbon + Nitrogen = Compost


  • Air. Like most living things, the bacteria that decompose organic matter, and the other creatures that make up the compost ecosystem, need air. Compost piles need spaces for air to flow. Occasionally turning your pile moves new material into the center, and helps improve airflow into the pile.
  • Water. Compost microbes also need the right amount of water. Too much moisture reduces airflow, causes temperatures to fall, and can make the pile smell; too little water slows decomposition and prevents the pile from heating.
  • Carbon ingredients. The microbes that break down organic matter use carbon as an energy source. The most common high-carbon ingredients are leaves, straw, and corn stalks. These ingredients are called browns.
  • Nitrogen ingredients. Microbes need nitrogen for the proteins that build their tiny bodies. Ingredients high in nitrogen are generally green, moist plant matter, such as leaves, or an animal by-product, such as manure. These ingredients are called greens.

Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio
The secret to a healthy compost pile is to maintain a working balance between these two elements. A healthy compost pile should have much more carbon than nitrogen. A simple rule of thumb is to use two-thirds brown and one-third green materials. If in doubt, add more carbon!

Once your compost pile is established, add new materials by mixing them in. Mixing, or turning, the compost pile is key to aerating the composting materials and speeding the process to completion.

A new composting bin is now available through the City of Torrance Public Works Department


The Envirocycle mini composting bin is great for small areas like patios. Comes fully assembled Spins in place on its own base for aeration. Made with a high percentage of Post-Consumer and Post-Industrial recycled plastic (BPA Free).

Go to Envirocycle.com for more information about the bin.

To purchase ($70 each, Torrance residents only, cash or check only), contact Public Works at 310-781-6900