California EPA Certification List
National Database of Pollution Prevention (P2) Products and Services
California Environmental Protection Agency
Regional Environmental Business Resource & Assistance Center - REBRAC
Environmental Pollution Prevention (P2) / Waste Minimization
The key to industrial pollution prevention is to prevent pollution before it is created. In using pollution prevention methods, significant cost savings can occur by designing processes and management practices to reduce raw material use, minimize the amount and toxicity of waste generated, lower energy costs, lower associated disposal costs, and decrease environmental compliance costs. Businesses are able to comply with regulations and cut costs.
EPA Pollution Prevention Information
Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Center
The EnviroLink Network- Sustainable Business Practices
Smart Communities Network - Creating Energy Smart Communities
Green Business Program
Los Angeles County Material Exchange
California Materials Exchange (CAL-MAX)
Waste and Materials Donation Groups
HAZARDOUS WASTE - Small Quantities
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program
Household Hazardous Waste Program
For waste oil generated at home, the above option and two others are also available, as follow: Option 2) You may take residential waste oil to a "Certified Collection Center" (i.e., check with the certified center for acceptable quantity); or Option 3) You may take the waste oil to a Waste Oil Collection Event (20-gallon limit, when program is active). No fees are necessary for these options. For current program information call the City's Bureau of Sanitation at (800) 98-TOXIC.
HAZARDOUS WASTE - Larger Quantities
Hazardous Waste Haulers
Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)
AUTO SHOP WASTE - Recycling/Disposal
The HTM Office has published a directory of auto shop waste disposal and recycling services. Also, included in the directory is background information describing the most cost-effective ways to manage each waste stream (e.g., brake fluid, water-based cleaners, transformer oil, engine oil, parts and engine cleaners, oil filters, paint, antifreeze, batteries, etc.). A list of suppliers of water based parts cleaning equipment and products has also been prepared. The HTM Office and others have conducted demonstration projects of various water-based cleaning equipment. Associated reports are available for review.
BATTERY WASTE - Recycling
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit public service organization that provides free information as to the closest location to drop off old rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries for recycling. Beginning January 2001, the program will expand to include rechargeable nickel metal-hydride batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and small sealed lead-acid batteries. Also, contact the HTM Office for battery management information and to help locate other battery recycling facilities in your area.
COMMERCIAL & OFFICE WASTE - Recycling/Waste Minimization
Commercial and industrial businesses may contact the HTM Office for technical assistance in improving hazardous waste minimization and management methods. The type of businesses most commonly evaluated include: auto repair and specialty shops, metal finishers, film processing, jewelry manufacturing, printing, etc. The City's Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD) also provides a consultation service to local businesses. The types of facilities most commonly evaluated include: offices, hotels, food services, schools, manufacturers, etc.
COMPUTERS & OTHER ELECTRONIC WASTE - Recycling/Disposal
The City's Bureau of Sanitation coordinates electronic waste recycling events. This includes computers, monitors, printers, network equipment, cables, telephones, televisions, video games, cell phones, radios, stereos, VCR's and electronic toys. Further information can be obtained by calling (800) 988-6942 or a large quantity pick up appointment can be made by calling (310) 978-2790. Also, working computers and other electronic equipment can be donated to nonprofit groups. Please see the "Waste Exchange and Donation" section of this page.
CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION (C&D) WASTE - Recycling/Disposal
The California Integrated Waste Management Board maintains a C&D recycler database that can be used to find a local C&D recycler. The HTM Office can help find disposal, treatment and/or recycling opportunities for C&D debris that is considered hazardous (e.g., lighting fixtures, transformers, thermostats, asbestos, drained oils, etc.) In addition, the City's Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD) provides a C&D information service to local businesses. The SRCRD provides information on how to properly recycle C&D debris such as asphalt, concrete, slump stone, rebar, wire mesh, concrete block, wood, gypsum board, glass, metal scrap, etc. Associated guides have been published.
MEDICAL WASTE - Management/Transport
The California Department of Health Services (DHS) oversees the management and hauling of medical waste and they also maintain lists of State-registered medical waste haulers, transfer stations, and treatment facilities. For further information on medical waste management, look for the revised HTM Office medical waste management fact sheet, coming soon.
MERCURY WASTE - Management/Transport
The City's Industrial Wastewater Division, Bureau of Sanitation indicates that, in Los Angeles, the largest portion of the mercury waste stream is generated from dental offices. In conformance with the City's recent resolution to reduce the generation of mercury waste, the HTM Office is working with the Wastewater Division to develop an outreach program to the dental community. Also, the non-profit group, Physicians for Social Responsibility, is working with BOS and the HTM Office to apply for grant funding to conduct a mercury thermometer and equipment exchange pilot project for selected low-cost clinics in the Los Angeles area. For further project information, as well as other mercury waste service information (e.g., lighting fixtures, thermostats, thermometers, etc.) contact the HTM Office.
PAINT & SOLVENT WASTE - Management/Recycling
Contact the HTM Office for information on cost-effective management and recycling of water-based paint and rinse water, oil-based paint, and solvents.
PLASTIC WASTE - Recycling
Local plastic recyclers can be identified by using the American Plastic Council database. The database is organized by the type of plastic accepted and geographic area.
Contact the HTM Office for waste minimization and management information regarding restaurant oil and grease and the use of less toxic products. The City's Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division helps with food waste and other recycling and waste minimization programs for the food service industry.
Currently, when new tires are purchased, used commercial and residential tires are given to the tire shop for disposal. The shop will charge an associated tire disposal fee. Older tires, that were not handled in this way, should be hauled to a recycling plant or local landfill. If more than five tires are hauled at a time, the tires must be hauled by a State-registered hauler. For a list of registered tire haulers and tire recycling plants in your area, contact the California Integrated Waste Management Board at (916) 255-3896 or the City of Los Angeles HTM Office.
A resident of the City of Los Angeles may also take up to four old tires to City of L.A., Bureau of Sanitation yards on Saturday. Proof of City residency will be requested. For yard locations and hours contact the L.A. City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation.