What is household hazardous waste (HHW)? Almost every home has common household products containing chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. It is both dangerous and illegal to disposal of HHW in the garbage, down any drain, or on the ground. Here is a list of what materials are banned from the landfill in the State of California that require special drop off.
HHW must be dropped off for responsible disposal, therefore, it is not accepted in any of your curbside carts. Do the right thing and take your HHW to the nearest drop-off facility or collection event – It’s FREE for residents! Covid-19 precautions are required and enforced, including face masks and social distancing. (Scroll down for a list of HHW collection options)
(NOTE: Burbank Recycle Center’s Drop Zone is NOT a HHW collection center and only accepts universal waste items, including electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and used motor oil and anti-freeze, but not items like paint or chemicals. Burbank residents only–must show I.D.. HOURS: M-F 8a-5p. CLOSED WEEKENDS.)
DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Find a location near you with Earth 911’s collection locator: https://search.earth911.com/ or check out these options:
1) Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Center11025 Randall St, Sun Valley 91352Map & DirectionsSaturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm
2) Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Center4600 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, 90039Map & DirectionsSaturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Find more S.A.F.E. locations here.
You can also bring materials to one of LA County’s two permanent HHW facilities:
3) Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC)1200 City Ranch Rd, Palmdale, CA 93551Map & DirectionsOpen 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 am – 3 pm
4) EDCO Recycling and Transfer Collection Center2755 California Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755Map & Directions2nd & 4th Saturday of every month, 9am – 2pm
5) TEMPORARY COLLECTION EVENTS:
Los Angeles County HHW Collection Events
Note: Burbank Fire Department’s Training Center hosts an annual HHW Roundup collection event in early September. Check the link above for the next scheduled date in the summer.
NOTE FOR BUSINESSES: Burbank Recycle Center’s Drop Zone will accept a small amount of universal waste only from Burbank businesses. However, S.A.F.E. Centers only accept residential hazardous waste during normal operating hours. Businesses will have to make an appointment to dispose through their C.E.S.Q.G. Program (Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator).
TREATED WOOD: While treated wood is considered a hazardous waste, it can only be taken to an approved landfill facility permitted to handle this material, not a HHW collection center. Call first to make sure and to determine drop off fees.