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Hazardous and Electronic Waste

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in the garbage. By throwing hazardous waste in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your garbage handler. Chemicals in illegally disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. Since these items cannot be landfilled residents can take them to Household Hazardous Waste Round-ups.  These round-ups are sponsored by the LA County Department of Public Works.  Call (888) CLEAN-LA (1-888-253-2652) or visit www.lacsd.org for additional information.

The following are considered hazardous wastes and should not be disposed of in the garbage:

  • Anti-freeze
  • Common batteries
    AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (e.g. hearing aid batteries)
  • Cleaners with acid or lye
  • Expired Medicines
  • Fluorescent Tubes and bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps
  • Thermostats
  • Motoroil & Filters
  • Paint/Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides/Herbicides
  • Pilot light sensors
    (mercury-containing switches are found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters)
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Mercury Gauges
    (e.g. barometers, manometers, blood pressure, and vacuum gauges contain mercury)
  • Mercury added novelties
    (e.g. greeting cards that play music when opened, athletic shoes {made before 1997} with flashing lights in soles, and mercury maze games)
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Non-Empty aerosol cans that contain Hazardous Materials

Electronic Waste

Curbside collection of electronics from Whittier residents is offered to insure proper disposal and/or recycling. The program includes all electronics, including computer monitors, televisions, stereos, tablets, cell phones, laptops, fax machines, scanners, printers, keyboards, microwaves, etc. Please call your refuse hauler for more information or to arrange a pick-up.

Republic Services/CDS (562) 347-2100
Athens Services (855) 557-1007