The following are examples of household hazardous waste products that may be found in and around your home:

Lawn/Garden-Care Products:

  • Bug spray
  • Fertilizer
  • Pesticide/insecticide
  • Fungicide
  • Herbicide
  • Weed killer
  • Snail killer

Paint & Paint-Related Products
  • Paint-oil/latex/water-based
  • Turpentine paint stripper
  • Rust remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Varnish, lacquer
  • Wood preservative
  • Other paint products

Automotive Fluids & Batteries

  • Motor oil
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Auto body repair products
  • Windshield washer solution
  • Antifreeze
  • Diesel fuel
  • Brake fluid
  • Car wax
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Fuel oil and other oils
  • Transmission fluid
  • Metal polish with solvent

Beauty Products & Medicines

  • Alcohol-based lotions
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Expired medicine
  • Needles, lancets or sharps
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Depilatories
  • Hair relaxers
  • Deodorizers

Household Cleaners
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Window cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Aluminum & Copper cleaners
  • Drain cleaners
  • Metal polishes
  • Tub & tile cleaners
  • Toilet bowl cleaners


  • TV sets
  • Computer monitors/components
  • Cell phones
  • Handheld games
  • PDA’s and pagers
  • Alkaline & rechargeable batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Mercury switches in toys and appliances

To Safely Recycle or Dispose of Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste:

1. Find the right drop-off locations.
2. Find a certified used oil collection center.
Many private businesses like gas stations, auto parts stores and auto repair shops, have been certified by the State to collect used motor oil from the general public and to reimburse residents 16 cents per gallon or a redeemable coupon. Torrance has about 20 participating locations.
3. Go to collection events. Visit our events calendar for upcoming events in your area.

Preparing Household Hazardous Waste for Drop-off or a Collection Event

  • Pack household hazardous waste in a cardboard box so that it does not spill during transport. Be prepared to leave your containers.
  • Put like chemicals together. Separate unlike chemicals.
  • Label materials that are not in their original containers.
  • Make sure containers are not leaking and lids are tightly sealed.
  • Put your box of household hazardous waste in the trunk of  your car, away from passengers during transport.
  • At the collection site, trained personnel will ask you to remain in your car while they remove the household hazardous waste from your trunk.

County-Run Household Hazardous Waste Locations Will NOT Accept:
• Radioactive waste
• Ammunition
• Explosives
• Business/commercial waste

What Happens to Collected Household Hazardous Waste?

Paint is reused for the County’s anti-graffiti programs
Motor oil is made into lubricants, marine diesel fuel, supplemental fuel and tar by-products such as asphalt cover and re-refined motor oil.
Miscellaneous solvents are reused as supplemental fuel in the manufacture of cement
Electronics are broken down to their component parts (plastic, metals, etc.) and recycled into new products
Household hazardous waste that cannot be recycled or reused is carefully packed into special drums for proper disposal at specialized facilities.

For Businesses
Most programs will not accept electronics or hazardous wastes from businesses. Businesses can contract directly with collectors licensed by the City or, if only small amounts are involved, businesses can sign up for the Small Quantity Generator Program available through the City of Los Angeles to all small businesses in LA County.

Visit or call 800-988-6942 for more information

The illegal dumping of hazardous waste carries a minimum fine of $5000 per day per violation up to $100,000 per day per violation and imprisonment. Section 25189.5, Health & Safety Code.

SHARPS recycling is mandatory!

It is now law that SHARPS (syringes, needles, lancets, etc.) cannot be disposed as refuse and must be placed in a puncture-proof container before taking to a hazardous waste drop-off. For information on handling guidelines, free containers and additional drop off sites for SHARPS, call 888-CLEANLA or visit

Alternative Household Cleaning Products
Try these easy alternatives to minimize household hazardous waste products. Most of these products are very common and are found in most household cabinets:
  • Ammonia
  • Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon Juice
  • Soap and Water
  • Steel Wool
  • Vinegar
  • Washing Soda

Alternative Garden & Pet Products
Try these easy alternatives to minimize household hazardous products in your garden or on the lawn:
  • Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar
  • Brewer’s Yeast or Vitamin B
  • Eucalyptus Leaves
  • Spices
  • Bay Leaves
  • Soap and Water
  • Stale Beer
  • Wood Ash, Peat Moss, Fish Meal

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