Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
To protect your health, protect the environment and comply with the law, household hazardous waste, e-waste and u-waste must be disposed of correctly. The health and safety of our families, neighborhoods and environment is threatened when household hazardous waste is stored or disposed of improperly. In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste in the trash, down the drain or by abandonment. Household hazardous waste needs to be disposed of through an appropriate household hazardous waste collection program.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste or "HHW" consists of leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. HHW includes, but is not limited to, brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, turpentine, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, e-waste and u-waste.
The term "e-waste" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Since electronics may contain lead, copper, and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances, it is critical that any e-waste be disposed of properly. You can reduce e-waste by buying only what you need, reuse electronics that still work, and recycle electronics at the end of their useful lifecycle. E-waste includes computer monitors, television sets, TV/VCR combos, computers, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, cell phones, radios, alarm clocks, microwaves, hair dryers, etc.
U-waste is universal waste. U-waste includes common household batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps and devices.
Properly Disposing of HHW
Bellflower residents may dispose of household hazardous waste, including e-waste, u-waste, and medical waste at a Los Angeles County HHW Collection event or at a S.A.F.E. Permanent Collection Center for free. The links below will direct you to the websites for these services:
Collection of E-Waste by CR&R
Single-family and multi-family customers of CR&R may also contact CR&R toll-free at (877) 944-4716 to request free bulky item pick ups for e-waste. Commercial customers may also request bulky item pick ups for e-waste at a cost of $25.71 per item.
If you are a business with e-waste, please contact the County of Los Angeles at (800) 98-TOXIC for a list of business e-waste recycling solutions. Information is also available online at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Environmental Programs Division website, under the Smart Business Recycler Locator.