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Hazardous and e-waste events; permanent dropoff locations

Easy dropoffs every 2nd Saturday
at EDCO's Signal Hill facility
2755 California Avenue

Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Household toxics
  • Paint
  • Insecticde
  • E-waste
EDCO facility in Signal Hill
Keeping toxics, paint, insecticides and e-waste out of the trash or oozing into storm drains and the ocean is everyone’s responsibility. Dealing with these items in an environmentally safe manner is easy!

Lakewood residents can drop off their toxic debris once a month at the EDCO Recycling & Transfer Station in nearby Signal Hill, at 2755 California Avenue. Just 10-15 minutes from the Lakewood Civic Center, it is open every second Saturday of the month to accept household hazardous waste, sharps and e-waste.

“This is a huge convenience for residents. Instead of waiting for a regional hazardous waste roundup, they can now plan to make an environmentally friendly drop-off near home,” says Lakewood Public Works Director Lisa Rapp.

Transfer station dumping

Along with being an option for hazardous waste, the new 68,000 square foot facility is a traditional dump transfer station and takes large and oversized amounts of brick, used lumber and other material that can’t be put in residential trash carts, recycling carts or green waste cans. Dump fees are charged at the facility.

“This is a good local resource for anyone doing home projects, yard makeovers or garage clean ups who has an extra amount of waste to get rid of,” says Rapp. “Now we have a convenient facility that’s open seven days a week for dump material and 12 times a year for toxics.”

Bulky household items

EDCO reminds Lakewood residents they are also entitled to six free bulky item pickups a year at their home. To schedule pickup, call EDCO at 562-531-3054, by 3:30 p.m. the day before your normal trash pickup.

The city’s Bulky Item Pickup program is intended for things like used furniture, appliances, mattresses, e-waste and broken-down boxes tied in twine, but not for building materials. Donating items to worthy causes is strongly encouraged. A list of potential charities is online at www.lakewoodcity.org/bulkystuff.

The new EDCO facility can be phoned at 562-997-1122. The EDCO complex is also a CRV redemption value buy-back facility for aluminum cans, CRV glass beverage containers and CRV plastic beverage containers. Donation-value items are accepted and include paper, cardboard and non-CRV household containers.

Residents can drop off large amounts of greenwaste at the EDCO site. Plant and tree material should not be contaminated with other materials. If clean, it can be recycled and turned into reusable mulch. Dumping fees apply for the greenwaste.

The site regularly accepts “Fat, Oil, and Grease” (FOG) items and is a drop-off location for motor oil filters and polystyrene (Styrofoam).

EDCO Environmental Collection Center (For hazardous waste and e-waste)
Open the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

EDCO Public Waste Disposal
Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

EDCO Buyback CRV Recycling Center
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday and closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Regional household hazardous waste drop-off events

Household hazardous wasteSeveral times each year Lakewood residents have a chance to safely rid themselves of household hazardous waste and e-waste. They can do it in an environmentally friendly way at a drop-off events held jointly by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Sanitation District.

Scheduled events

The convenient drive-through events are held on Saturdays and take only a few minutes, and participants often don't even have to get out of their car. They typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For a full schedule go to:
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Events closest to Lakewood are typically held at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach,
in nearby Bellflower at Simm's Park and at Cerritos College.

Leave chemicals in their original container, place them in a cardboard box and drive to the collection site. No explosive or radioactive materials, tires or waste from businesses will be accepted. Please do not mix chemicals together in the same bottle.

Technicians will empty the car trunks and truck beds of materials such as motor oil, paint or pesticides.
They also gather old TVs, cell phones, printers and computers.

Electronic waste is sent to a facility within California that certifies it is 100 percent de-manufactured and recycled in a stringent and environmentally-acceptable manner. None of the electronic waste collected at these events is sent overseas.

Year-round “S.A.F.E Centers” also collect hazardous and e-waste

Six permanent household hazardous waste/e-waste collection centers are available to Lakewood residents. S.A.F.E. stands for “Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics” and the year-round centers are co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

The center most convenient to Lakewood is in San Pedro at 1400 N. Gaffey Street. Like most of the centers, it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The West Los Angeles center is open Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s always prudent to check the center webpage for current schedules. Click for S.A.F.E. Centers’ homepage.

The agencies note, there is transportation limit for chemical-related items at 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste to collection sites. They encourage residents to carefully pack their waste to prevent tipping or spilling of the waste during transportation.

Hazardous waste accepted includes: Paint and solvents; used motor oil and filters, anti-freeze, and other automotive fluids; cleaning products; pool and garden chemicals; aerosol cans; all medicine; auto batteries; household batteries.

E-waste accepted includes: Computers, monitors, printers, network equipment, cables, telephones, televisions, microwaves, video games, cell phones, radios, stereos, VCRs, and electronic toys.

They do not accept: Business waste, ammunition, explosives, radioactive material, biological waste or tires. Bulky Items: furniture, refrigerators, washing machines/dryers, conventional ovens, paper, computer software.

S.A.F.E Centers for hazardous waste

San Pedro: Gaffey Street
1400 N. Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA 90731
Hours of operation: Saturdays, and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

os Angeles: Los Angeles-Glendale Treatment Plant
4600 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Playa del Rey: Hyperion Treatment Plant
7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sun Valley: Randall Street
11025 Randall St. Sun Valley, CA 91352  
Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

West Los Angeles: UCLA
550 Charles E. Young Dr. West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hours of operation: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Special considerations at this location include: They will accept electronic waste on Saturday only. All Waste Collection Services are suspended during rainy weather.

Los Angeles: Washington Boulevard
2649 E. Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90021
Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.