Environmental Equipment & Technology
California EPA Environmental Technology Home Page
A list of state-certified technologies and services for environmental measurement, monitoring, and testing and waste treatment, control, and recycling is available from the California EPA.
National Database of Pollution Prevention (P2) Products and Services
Over 400 listings of pollution prevention equipment, products, or services in included in this national data base. Categories include: cleaning/degreasing chemicals, coatings and coating equipment, general equipment, maintenance equipment, parts washers, physical waste reduction equipment, recovery equipment, software/training/education materials, and waste exchanges.
Technical Database- L.A. City's Watershed Protection Division - WPD
For stormwater control equipment and other best management practices (BMPs) and procedures specific to the City of Los Angeles, refer to the database of technical guidance documents available from the SMD. Background information is available from additional sources referenced by the SMD and others. For example, the Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center P2 Handbook provides descriptions of sand filters, vortex solids separators, water quality inlets, and wet detention ponds, including a general overview, advantages, disadvantages, economic analyses, list of chemicals (with corresponding removal efficiencies), and a list of vendors and consultants for each BMP.
Environmental Permit Assistance
City of Los Angeles Hazardous & Toxic Materials Office - HTM Office
The HTM Office serves City of Los Angeles businesses and City departments. The Office can provide businesses with helpful agency contacts and information necessary to comply with environmental regulations, implement pollution prevention practices, and to properly manage hazardous materials and wastes.
Environmental Pollution Prevention (P2) /
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
Index to P2 information within each EPA program as well as links to non-EPA P2 resources can be found here.
Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network
Information on P2 services, including yellow pages of service providers, research services, publications, internet resources, newsletter, P2 calendar and focus issue information can be found here.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Center
Information on research projects, proposal requests, P2 technology, Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) projects, publications, newsletter, and P2 calendar can be found here.
Environmentally Sustainable Business
The EnviroLink Network- Sustainable Business Practices
Web and other Internet resources and services are available to help make businesses more environmentally sustainable. Examples of environmental sustainable methods include: use of energy efficient practices, use of alternate energy sources, water conservation, designing to more easily adapt to future expansion/upgrades, implementing recycling programs, use of materials with one or more of the following characteristics: less toxic components, recycled content, made from renewable resources, made by conserving nonrenewable materials, or use of products that generate less waste. Also, sustainability includes conformance with best management practices for pollution prevention, including compliance with hazardous waste,
storm water and wastewater management laws.
Smart Communities Network - Creating Energy Smart Communities
Project of the U.S. DOE that provides businesses with examples and stories of successful practices as well as links to assistance programs offered by both government and non-governmental organizations.
Waste Exchange & Donation
Los Angeles County Material Exchange (LACoMAX)
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works provides a free service to waste and surplus materials users and generators. This service attempts to bring together a waste generator and a businesses that can use the waste or excess surplus materials. A participating business may either place a "want ad" (i.e., describing the waste they want for use) or an "available ad" (i.e., describing the waste or surplus product that is available).
California Materials Exchange (CAL-MAX)
The California Integrated Waste Management Board provides a free State-wide service similar to the local County service described above. Both the County and the State services include the following material categories: construction, containers, durable goods, electronics, glass, metal, organics, paint/wax, pallets, papers, plastics, rubber, textiles, and wood materials. The State Cal MAX service can be reached by calling (916) 255-2369.
Waste and Materials Donation Groups
Waste and surplus products may be donated to non-profit groups that re-use the materials. Both of the waste exchange programs listed above identify local groups that accept certain types of surplus and waste materials. Also, the City of Los Angeles has a donation organization directory that indicates the type of materials accepted for donation. Look for the year 2000 edition of "Put it to Good Re-Use L.A." on the City's Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD) publication list or call (213) 473-8228 for further information.
Waste Recycling & Disposal
HAZARDOUS WASTE - Small Quantities
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Program
If a business generates less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons of hazardous waste per month (e.g., paints, solvent, aerosol cans, waste oil, photographic chemicals, asbestos, etc.), that business may be eligible for the CESQG program. This is an affordable solution to hazardous waste disposal. To find out if your business qualifies under the CESQG program, or to obtain an event schedule, or make a drop off appointment contact the City's Bureau of Sanitation at (800) 98-TOXIC.
Household Hazardous Waste Program
If hazardous wastes were generated at home, this free disposal service is provided by the City and County. There is a 15-gallon limit per vehicle trip.
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
Per State and Federal regulation, hazardous waste must be hauled by a State-registered hazardous waste hauler, unless it is being transported to a locally permitted collection event, as described above, The Statewide Compliance Division of the State Department of Toxic Substances Control maintains a full listing of registered transporters organized alphabetically and by City.
A Los Angeles directory of State-registered hazardous waste haulers is also available. The directory is organized by waste type and minimum quantities hauled. Waste haulers responded to a mail-in survey conducted by the HTM Office. Applicable excerpts are available from the HTM Office.
Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)
A list of permitted hazardous waste TSDF's is available from the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Many of these facilities offer both industrial waste recycling and pick-up services. The list of TSDF's is available from the DTSC library by calling (916) 324-5898.
To find a landfill disposal site in your area, search the Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) data base. Search for active and permitted landfill disposal sites in Los Angeles County. Information on the type of wastes accepted is also provided (e.g., waste tires, asbestos, construction and demolition debris, mixed municipal waste, etc.).