In our quest to be conscientious consumer I’ve been doing a bit of research in ways we can properly dispose of common household items like batteries, expired medications, excess harsh chemicals, etc. that if just thrown in the trash, flushed down the toilet, or dumpped down a storm drain would cause a host of environmental and health issues down the line. Hazardous household waste (HHW) is anything that is labeled toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. The health and safety of our community is endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains. The amount of products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when millions of homes across Los Angeles
County use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem. The El Segundo website lists common HHW items and says that LA County residents can drop off HHW items at the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 3pm located at 7660 West Imperial Hwy., Gate B, Playa Del Rey. Just a short drive away and can be as simple as one drop off every few months. Today I’ll be dropping off dead batteries and some other things so if you have anything to add, bring it with you today and I’ll drop it off this afternoon. Everyone has a part to play, so please strive to be a conscientious consumer and always find ways to recycle and/or properly dispose of HHW.