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Household Hazardous Waste


What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. The health and safety of our community is endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains. The amount of products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when millions of homes across Los Angeles County use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem.

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


Air fresheners



Batteries (car and household)

Bug spray


Drain cleaners

Drugs, medicines

Engine cleaners/degreasers


Flea collars

Floor furniture and shoe polish

Fluorescent lights

Furniture and paint strippers

Gasoline and diesel fuel

HHW (con’t.)

Glass/window cleaners

Hair spray

Light switches

Mercury thermometers

Nail polish and remover

Oven cleaners

Paints, oil and water based



Pool chemicals

Propane tanks (small)

Rat, mouse and snail poisons

Roach and ant killers

Rug and upholstery cleaners


HHW (con’t.)

Stains and vanishes

Thinners and turpentines

Transmissions and brake fluid

Tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners

Used motor oil and filters

Electronic Waste

Cell phones


Electronic games

Fax machines




VCR’s and DVD players

Click here to find out more about Electronic Waste

How to Dispose of HHW Properly

For Residents:

Pack the items for safe transportation and head over to the City of Los Angeles, Permanent Collection Center. The Center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Hyperion Treatment Plant, 7660 West Imperial Hwy., Gate B, Playa Del Rey. For more information visit the City of Los Angeles, Public Works Department or call (800) 988-6942.

Los Angeles County sponsors HHW Collections Events. A Collection Event is a one -day, drive-through event where residents are invited to drive in to a specific location to drop off their hazardous waste. The El Segundo event is held each November at Raytheon Corporation, Parking Lot “G” Hughes Way off Sepulveda Blvd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information visit the Los Angeles County Public Works Department or call (888) CleanLA.

For Businesses:

Dispose of HHW at a City of Los Angeles, S.A.F.E. Center Call the City of LA Sanitation Dept at (213) 485-3664 to make an appointment for the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

To locate an e-waste recycler visit eRecycle.org

Preparing HHW for a Collection Event

  • Pack HHW 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 or away from passengers during transport.
  • At the collection site, trained personnel will ask you to remain in your car while they remove the HHW from your trunk.

For more information call El Segundo Public Works at (310) 524-2359.

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