Department of Public Works
dpw.lacounty.gov
Sustainability
Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Management Program (Environmental Services)
Summary
Public Works administers the Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Management Program (Program), which provides residents in Los Angeles County with opportunities to properly manage and dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste).   The Program is the largest HHW/E-Waste management program of its kind in the nation.  The Department collaboratively works with all of the 88 cities in the County, serving three million households within County incorporated and unincorporated areas. 
 
Since inception, the Program has expanded to manage many types of waste materials, such as electronic waste and universal waste and continues to experience a strong demand for convenient and permanent collection services for HHW and E-Waste.  The Program currently consists of the following:
  • Mobile collection events (average 60 events annually) 
  • 9 HHW/E-Waste permanent collection centers (City of LA S.A.F.E. Centers; Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center {AVECC}, and EDCO Environmental Collection Center) 
  • 9 used motor oil collection centers 
  • Special collection programs such as household batteries and home-generated sharps waste drop off locations
  • Services for the elderly and disabled such as door-to-door collection and mail back sharp collection
  • Public outreach and education
Roadmap to a Sustainable and Toxic-Free Future for Los Angeles County Residents
 
With a large population to serve and a dense geographical area to cover, the Program continues to experience increasing demand for convenient and permanent collection services for HHW and E Waste.  To meet these growing needs and sustain the Program, the Department will continue to seek partnerships with cities and the private sector to enhance its services to the residents.  Strategies may include the following:
  • Building  additional full-service permanent centers at strategic locations throughout the County;
  • Expanding services to include a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program as part of County permanent centers to serve small businesses in the County;
  • Offering continuous public education to enhance public awareness;
  • Supporting and pursuing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation for hazardous household products; and 
  • Developing a database system to organize HHW collection and disposal data
Benefits to Environmental Resources
  • Pollution Reduction and Environmental Protection.  To protect public health and natural resources, the Department takes a Countywide approach for the safe management of the HHW generated within its boundaries.  With the HHW Program in place, we have been able to reduce the generation and illegal disposal of HHW/E-Waste in landfills, the streets, storm drains, and sewers, thus reducing the risks of contaminating the environment.   Since its inception, millions of residents have benefited from the Program and several hundred million pounds of HHW/E-Waste have been diverted from landfills.
  • Improved Quality of Life for Residents.  As a result of the reduced risk of environmental contamination in our waters, lands, and air, residents are able to enjoy a better quality of life.  The Program has created a variety of convenient means for residents to safely and properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste, free of charge.  The Department continues to look for additional means to enhance collection opportunities to enhance services for the residents.   
Contribution to wellbeing of DPW and the County
  • High Quality Customer Service.  Constituents receive multi-faceted customer service including: maximizing collection opportunities made available for their convenient use, ease of getting program questions answered on our  (888) CleanLA hotline, directly obtaining Program information from our CleanLA website, receiving direct emails of upcoming events through electronic notifications (E-notify), and receiving free accommodations if elderly or disabled.  
  • Improved Public Health and Safety.  Communities now enjoy cleaner and safer waters, rivers, oceans, lands, and air as a result of the Program offering free collection opportunities for hazardous and electronic waste.  The Program contributes to a less toxic environment, thus protecting public health and safety in the communities. 
  • Community Connection.  Through the Countywide approach, the Program empowers cities to work in a coordinated effort with the Department and other surrounding cities to provide a high level of service distributed throughout the County.   The Program provides effective leadership and fosters collaboration by engaging and soliciting input from 88 city jurisdictions and 140 communities including stakeholders and residents within Los Angeles County to promote sustainability.
Contribution to Economic Health
  • Savings through Economies of Scale.  The Department realizes quantities of scale savings on the overall coordinated and unified operations of the mobile collection events.  Through beneficial partnerships with the County Sanitation Districts, the Cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Palmdale, Lancaster and other cities and private entities, the Department has enhanced services while leveraging limited resources.  The Program’s countywide approach benefits through discounted pricing, as well as shared resources and liability.  Centralized administration avoids duplication of efforts and reduces costs, while unified public education and outreach ensures that the public receives coordinated messaging.  
  • Creating Jobs and Competitive Pricing.  Currently, the Department works with three main HHW contractors to handle the waste collected at the mobile collection events and permanent collection centers. Haulers are subcontracted through the main HHW contractors for the management of E-Waste, batteries, sharps, and other products that are collected.  This approach distributes the event operations among the three companies, creating jobs with subcontractors, while at the same time, ensuring competitive pricing to the Department for the management of the collected waste.
  • Funding for Program Administration.  The Program is funded by the Solid Waste Management Fee, Conditional Use Permit (CUP) payments, and state grant funding.
Modified By
Nguyen, Peter
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