November is American Diabetes Month®. As you manage your diabetes, be sure to safely manage your syringes and lancets and dispose them properly. It is unsafe and illegal to dispose syringes and lancets in the trash or flush them down the toilet. Do your part and help protect our families, pets, sanitation workers and the environment by taking the used syringes and lancets to a designated location. Click here for more information.
Department of Public Works is currently updating the Preliminary Draft Siting Element. For more information, please click here.
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 (PDF, 867KB) to a Sustainable Waste Management Future or the Briefing Report (PDF, 2.99MB) on the Roadmap, click the respective links.
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 (PDF, 409KB) (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)
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 today and begin receiving notifications!
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.
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