Late last month, LA Sanitation cut the ribbon on the new Nicole Bernson SAFE Center located at 10241 North Balboa Blvd. in Granada Hills. Standing for Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics, the new SAFE Center will provide residents of the Northwest San Fernando Valley a convenient way to dispose of their unwanted household hazardous waste (or HHW) in their own community. Previously, residents had to drive to the SAFE Center located in Sun Valley to dispose of their HHW properly.
SAFE Centers, located throughout the City of Los Angeles, enable residents to safely and properly dispose of electronic, automotive and household hazardous waste. That includes TVs, electronic toys, motor oil, paint, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, and batteries. It is illegal to throw away household hazardous waste into the regular trash, because, once in landfills, these toxins can leach into the air, soil and groundwater. SAFE Centers are open every weekend and provide a convenient way for LA residents to dispose of unwanted waste. This service is provided free-of-charge to all LA residents.
The Nicole Bernson SAFE Center joins six other SAFE Centers throughout the City of Los Angeles. Last year alone, LA SAFE Centers collected and recycled or safely disposed of 7.8 million pounds of Household Hazardous Waste and are an integral part of the city reaching its Zero Waste Goal.
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