Spring is the season of new beginnings, which makes it the perfect time to free your home of the clutter that has piled up over the past year. To help out with this annual activity, LA Sanitation’s SAFE Centers all across the city are ready to take all of your unwanted household hazardous waste.
Putting hazardous waste—like paint, dead batteries, burnt-out fluorescent bulbs and busted cell phones—into your trash is illegal and bad news for the environment. Here’s why. Once items like old laptops and used motor oil end up in landfills, they can leach toxins into our air, soil and groundwater. Those poisons create trouble for our planet and potential health risks for you and your family. And, with 256 million tons of hazardous waste being produced every year in the U.S., now is the time for all of us to smarten up about spring cleaning.
Enter Los Angeles SAFE Centers – SAFE being shorthand for Solvents/Automotive/Flammables/Electronics. SAFE Centers allow you to dispose of this dangerous hazardous waste in an earth-friendly way—completely free of charge. Here’s a checklist of items you can drop off at your nearest SAFE Center:
- Electronics (including computers, TVs, stereos and cell phones)
- Automotive fluids (such as motor oil and anti-freeze)
- Oil filters
- Pool and garden chemicals
- Network equipment and cables
- Cleaning products
- Aerosol cans
- All medicine except for controlled substances
SAFE Centers are open every weekend and located throughout Los Angeles. You can find your local SAFE Center or learn more about mobile collection events here and thanks for keeping spring cleaning SAFE!
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