Household Hazardous Waste

The information on this page is for residents only.  Business owners please visit the Commercial Trash & Recycling Page.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous waste materials include but are not limited to paints, pesticides, fertilizer, pool chemicals, motor oil and other petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, electronic appliances and computers, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, batteries, and tires.

Hazardous waste cannot be placed in the trash.  If Athens staff identifies hazardous waste in household trash, it will be tagged as hazardous and will not be collected. Hazardous waste must be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Roundup or a permanent S.A.F.E Collection Center.

General information and answers to questions about household hazardous waste and proper disposal can be found by visiting the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works web site or by calling 1-888-CLEAN LA.

Household Hazardous Waste Roundups
Household Hazardous Waste Roundups are one-day events hosted by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works on Saturdays at various locations around Los Angeles County.  A schedule of upcoming roundup events is available on the LACSD website.

S.A.F.E. Collection Centers
S.A.F.E. (Solvents / Automotive / Flammables / Electronics) Collection Centers are permanent facilities that are open every weekend to all Los Angeles County residents. The center nearest to Temple City is located at the Los Angeles-Glendale Treatment Plan at 4600 Colorado Boulevard in Los Angeles (see map).  Additional information about the S.A.F.E. Collection Center and a list of other centers is available on the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works web site.

Electronic Waste
Electronic waste or e-waste includes televisions, computers, cell phones, and all other electronic items.  E-waste cannot be placed in the trash.  E-waste can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Roundup event or S.A.F.E. Collection Center.  E-waste is also accepted at all Goodwill Retail Stores and Donation Centers.

Batteries
Most batteries, including regular household AA, AAA, C, and, D batteries, are considered hazardous waste and cannot be placed in the trash.  Batteries can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste Roundup event or S.A.F.E. Collection Center.

Pharmaceuticals and Sharps
Pharmaceuticals (medications, vitamins, etc.) and sharps (needles) are considered hazardous waste and cannot be placed in the trash.  Pharmaceuticals and sharps disposal containers can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste Roundup event or S.A.F.E. Collection Center.

In addition, pharmaceuticals and sharps are anonymously accepted at the Temple Sheriff's Station located at 8838 Las Tunas Drive in Temple City.

Motor Oil
Motor oil is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly.  Motor oil cannot be placed in the trash or poured out on the ground or in the gutter.

Used motor oil can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste Roundup event or S.A.F.E. Collection Center.  Used motor oil is also accepted at several locations in and around Temple City.  Locations can be found by searching on the CalRecycle web site.

Tires
Tires cause a variety of environmental hazards if not disposed of properly, and must be recycled.  There are a variety of locations in Los Angeles County that accept tires for recycling, usually for a small fee.  In addition, free tire recycling events are held several times per year at various locations around the County.