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There’s Nothing Scarier Than Hazardous Waste! Recycle Right This Halloween

This Halloween season, you may have seen toxic waste barrels on display as scary decorations or hazmat suits on sale as costumes. The truth is, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is no joke!

Hazardous chemicals could be lurking under your sink and in your garage. What is HHW? Household Hazardous Waste is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable or irritant. Products like these can’t be thrown in the regular trash, or even in the recycling bin because they can seep into our groundwater supplies, causing contamination of our drinking water. Even products like pesticides or pool chemicals that might get washed off a lawn, sidewalk or driveway can pose a risk to waterways from water that is carried from storm drains and gutters into the ocean.

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HHW items like these can’t be disposed of in the trash or flushed down the drain.

But HHW isn’t just confined to household cleaners and liquids like paint. Even everyday items like batteries, CFL (or “curlicue”) light bulbs, and electronics have poisonous chemicals like mercury that have to be disposed of properly.

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Household batteries shouldn’t be thrown in the trash.

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E-Waste like computer monitors, TVs, cell phones, CPUs, and more contain hazardous chemicals that can be recycled property at an HHW collection event.

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs contain mercury and can’t be thrown in the regular trash.

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SHARPS, needles, and lancets are hazardous medical waste and should not be thrown in the regular trash or recycling bin.

 

The good news is that L.A. County residents have many ways they can recycle these common, household items. One way is to bring your hazardous items to a local HHW Roundup Event. HHW Roundups are held in a different city in the County every weekend, and rotate among all the Cities to provide coverage to everyone in L.A. County. There’s probably an HHW collection event coming up soon near you!

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HHW collection events are sponsored jointly by Los Angeles County and the Sanitation Districts. To find a local HHW collection event near you, check the LA County Department of Public Works’ online schedule.

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L.A. County also has seven permanent S.A.F.E. centers. SAFE stands for Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics. At these permanent collection centers, City and County residents can recycle their HHW and E-Waste for free. This includes motor oil, paint, SHARPs, expired medications, batteries, and more. Most centers are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am–3pm (see locations for specific details). Visit the LA County Sanitation website for more details.

If thinking about getting rid of household cleaners, automotive fluids and other hazardous waste sends a shiver down your spine, make use of these resources to #recycle this holiday season.

 


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KJServices 2014–2015 Year End Projects

During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, KJServices Environmental Consulting was proud to conduct many different recycling programs throughout cities in Southern California. These included outreach programs to elementary schools, Earth Day celebrations, scrap tire recycling, used oil filter exchanges and many community events where we got a chance to speak to residents directly about the importance of recycling and environmental programs.

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Elementary School Bottle & Can Recycling

Elementary schools in the Cities of Gardena and Cerritos competed in an Earth Day bottle & can recycling contest. All recyclables collected by the students were redeemed for cash for their schools! These events are great fundraisers for the schools, and fun activities that get kids engaged in recycling habits for life.

 

 Vernon Elementary Earth Day

 We had a wonderful time coordinating the 2015 Earth Day celebration at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon, CA. Students learned about all types of recycling: paper, plastic, glass, metal, and composting at a series of interactive learning centers. We love engaging with young people who are excited to learn more about recycling and our environment!

Tire Collection

KJServices staffed a series of tire collection events at various sites in the Coachella Valley, the Lake Elsinore area, and in cities around Norwalk and Torrance, CA. During these events combined, we collected nearly 10,000 scrap tires to recycle! (That’s well over 100 tons!!!) The rubber from these tires is taken to a recycling plant, chopped up into mulch and then can be used for a number of new materials, including asphalt, playground flooring, rubber mats, and even shoes and clothes!

Filter Exchanges

Held at auto parts stores like AutoZone, O’Reilly’s and Pep Boys, used oil filter exchanges are some of our most popular community recycling events. Residents can bring their used oil to recycle for free and if they also bring an old oil filter, they receive a voucher for a free, new oil filter. Used oil is a hazardous waste and it is illegal and dangerous for it to be dumped down the drain or abandoned in an alley. Filter exchanges are a great opportunity to engage do-it-yourselfers in environmentally conscious practices and incentivize recycling at the local level.

Community Events

 KJServices represented many Cities at community events over the past fiscal year. Here are some photos from our favorite events!