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Welcome to Clean LA -- a County of Los Angeles portal to a number of award-winning programs that help residents, businesses, and government keep the County clean and sustainable. From the basics of reduce, reuse and recycle, to household hazardous and electronic waste collection events and composting; this site offers information and links to answer your environmental questions: Where do I dispose of an old t.v.? How can I get a free sharps container? What is the best way to save – time, money, resources – the planet? Clean LA provides local solutions that contribute to global efforts.





Highlights

Online File Review - Underground Storage Tanks, Industrial Waste, Stormwater

Online file review is now available. Review the Department of Public Works digitized files related to the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program, Industrial Waste (IW) program, and Stormwater (SW) certification program. Click here for more information and access.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

This holiday season recycle your Christmas tree on your regular collection day beginning December 26, 2014, through January 17, 2015.  Holiday tree recycling is a great way to help preserve our natural resources and reduce waste.  To have your holiday tree recycled into compost, mulch, or ground cover, remove all items from your tree such as water containers, tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, and nails.  Click here for more information.

Give the Gift of Green

To promote a more sustainable County of Los Angeles this holiday season, simply rethink the amount of trash you generate. Here are some holiday tips to help you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approve Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future

On October 21, 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future for Los Angeles County. The Roadmap will initiate a long-term planning process in the County Unincorporated Communities to achieve increased recycling and landfill diversion. Dozens of County departments and agencies formed a working group to create the Roadmap and implementation of its strategies will require working with residents, businesses, waste industry, and environmental organizations. To view the Roadmap to a Sustainable Waste Management Future or the Briefing Report on the Roadmap, click the respective links.

Countywide Siting Element

Department of Public Works has released the environmental documents for the revised Siting Element for review and comments starting June 19 and ending on July 28, 2014. Scoping meetings have also been scheduled. For more information, please click here.

Every Drop Counts!

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out and can be recycled and reused? Motor oil improperly disposed onto the ground or into storm drains can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, and the ocean. Take your used motor oil to one of 650 certified collection centers in California or an auto parts store in your area to be recycled for free. A listing of certified collection centers is available at the State’s CalRecycle website (en Español). To look up the recommended oil change interval for your vehicle instead of defaulting to the oil standard of 3,000 miles, check your owners manual, or click here to easily find out for free the recommended time to change the oil on most vehicles made from 2000-2012. Click here for more information.

Green Waste Management Resource Guide

Need a place to take your green waste?  The Green Waste Management Resource Guide contains a list of locations that accept green waste.

Report Abandoned Shopping Carts

If you see an abandoned shopping cart, you may report it to the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation at (800) 252-4613, by email, or online. If you are an iPhone user, you may download the CartSnap application to report abandoned shopping carts.   

Fats, Oils & Grease

The Department of Public Works is proposing amendments to Title 20 - Utilities of the Los Angeles County Code to incorporate and consolidate requirements for the control of fats, oils, and greases (FOG) in the sanitary sewer system. Public information meetings were held on October 16, 2008 and August 25, 2009 at Public Works Headquarters. The Proposed Ordinance (Updated September 14, 2009) amending Title 20 better defines the FOG program as required by the Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems. It also revises definitions to conform with the 2007 Uniform Plumbing Code and makes references to the Code of Federal Regulations 40CFR for Environmental Protection. Additional references can be found here:

     LA County Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP)
     Sources for Definitions in Proposed Revisions to Title 20 (PDF, 19 KB)
     Comments from Public Meeting Held on October 16, 2008 (PDF, 8 KB)

Public Counter

Visit the Environmental Programs Division Public Counter to get forms, apply for permits, request technical reviews for industrial waste or underground storage tank plans or methane gas migration protection systems. The Public Counter is located in the Annex Building of the DPW Headquarters (map), (626) 458-3517, open Monday - Thursday, 7 am - 5 pm. To request accommodations or obtain more information about ADA provisions, please contact our ADA coordinator at (626) 458-4081 or TDD (626) 282-7829.

eNotify Email Notification System

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LADPW) offers an e-mail notification system to provide up-to-date information on topics or events of interest. This system allows you to customize the information you receive, so sign up today and begin receiving notifications!

UPCOMING EVENTS

HHW/E-Waste Collection
Dispose of household haz waste & e-waste at our free event (flyer).
December 20     
    La Verne
Click here for more information.  

SUSTAINABILI“TIPS”

Did you know residents of LA County can dispose of their electronic and household hazardous waste FREE of charge at our mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County? Click here for more info.

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