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Some things are too toxic to trash


Los Angeles County residents will have the opportunity to safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones at the free Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Roundup being held this Saturday, Oct. 18 at Compton Airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in cooperation with the city of Compton and the neighboring cities of Carson, Downey, Gardena, Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount, and South Gate.

Because hazardous waste can pollute the environment, it is illegal to discard these items in trashcans, sinks and storm drains. The roundups are part of a campaign to promote public awareness of proper disposal practices of household hazardous-and e-waste and to provide a convenient, free disposal option.

For further information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at (888) CLEAN LA or or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at (800) 238-0172 or