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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.





Highlights

 Free Mattress Recycling Collection Events in the Antelope Valley

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in partnership with the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force and the Mattress Recycling Council, present these events in the Antelope Valley for all residents. Drop off up to 10 mattresses/box springs for free on the following dates: September 16th and 30th, October 14th and 21st. Only mattresses and box springs will be accepted. No other type of bulky item will be taken. Please click here for more information. Please fill out this survey and bring the completed copy to the event, so that it can help improve our services.

 Is there Cash In Your Trash? Recycle Beverage Containers

Most beverage containers are eligible for California Refund Value (CRV). Simply take your CRV containers to any certified recycling center and redeem them for cash. Click here for more information and check out what Fox Sports analyst Corey Maggette and Dodgers Great Orel Hershiser have 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 2000-2012. 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.   

 Los Angeles County Countywide Siting Element

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

HHW/E-Waste Collection
Dispose of household hazardous waste & e-waste at our free event (flyer). 
September 23
    Signal Hill
    South El Monte   
Click here for more information.  

Smart Gardening
Attend a free compost workshop.  
September 23    
    La Crescenta
    Whittier
Click here for more information.

Tire Recycling Events
Drop off old tires at our free event.

September 23
    Glendora
Click here for more information.

Used Oil Filter Collection
Recycle used motor oil filters at our free event (flyer). 
October 14
    Hacienda Heights    

SUSTAINABILI“TIPS”

Each day 38,000 tons of waste are disposed of in Los Angeles County. That is enough trash to fill the Rose Bowl every 6 days. Reduce the amount of trash you generate by purchasing less, reusing, and recycling.

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