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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 television? 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.


 Everywhere You Go, BYO!

Bringing your own reusable items such as bags, bottles, cups, plates, utensils, etc. helps to reduce landfill waste and protects the environment. So remember, Everywhere You Go, BYO! Click here for BYO Tips! (En Español)

 Upcoming Meetings Regarding New Services

The Board of Supervisors recently awarded trash collection and recycling service contracts for the communities of Avocado Heights, Santa Monica Mountains, and South Whittier. Community meetings have been scheduled in order to provide additional information and answer questions. For more details, please click here.

 Help Keep LA County Classy, Not Trashy

Do you see waste in your community space? Call 1-888-8DUMPING to report illegally dumped items for pick up and help keep our communities clean! Click here to see what Clippers great Lamond Murray would like for you to do.

 Recycling Beverage Containers is a Slam Dunk!

Each year, three billion beverage containers end up in landfills. Help slam dunk waste by recycling your beverage containers at any certified recycling center and redeem them for cash. Click here for more information and check out what Clippers Great and Fox Sports analyst Corey Maggette has to say about it.

 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)

 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!

 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 2000-2017. 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.   

 Los Angeles County Countywide Siting Element

Department of Public Works is currently updating the Preliminary Draft Siting Element. For more information, please click here.


HHW/E-Waste Collection
Dispose of household hazardous waste & e-waste at our free event (flyer). 
March 17            
    El Monte
Click here for more information.  

Smart Gardening
Attend a free compost workshop.  
March 17  
Click here for more information.

Used Oil Filter Collection
Recycle used motor oil filters at our free event (flyer). 
March 17


Did you get new gadgets for the holidays?  Looking to get rid of some of those outdated electronics or any holiday lights and decorations?  If they are still usable, post them on the County Materials Exchange website,, and keep them out of landfills!

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Toll Free Phone Number: 1(888) CLEAN LA
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