Lynwood Environmental Program

Welcome to the City of Lynwood Environmental Home Page.

To learn more about preserving our environment, please scroll down to your area of interests.

 

PREVENTING STORMWATER POLLUTION    

Storm Drains are for Rain…

Waterway pollution from nonpoint sources comes mainly from our own backyards. This pollution is caused by rainfall, snowmelt or irrigation moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and even our underground sources of drinking water.

These pollutants include:

  • Oil, grease, toxic chemicals from urban runoff and energy production
  • Sediment from improperly managed construction sites
  • Bacteria from pet wastes

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nonpoint source pollution is the leading remaining cause of water quality problems.

The City of Lynwood is implementing programs to reduce the amount of pollution entering our storm drain system, rivers, and oceans.  We need your help.

Here are some useful tips on how you can help:

  • Dog Waste– Don’t leave animal waste laying on the ground. Dog waste washes from the ground and streets into the storm drain and flows straight to the ocean untreated.
  • Used Oil – Take your used oil to State-certified used oil collection centers.  Dispose of used oil, antifreeze, paints and other household chemicals properly, not in storm sewers, or drains. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local rivers.
  • Gardening– Pesticides, fertilizer and yard waste such as leaves and mowed grass wash from the ground and streets into storm drains and flows straight to the ocean-untreated. Do not use fertilizer or pesticides before a rain. Do not over-fertilize and do not use fertilizers or pesticides near ditches, gutters or storm drains. Use pesticides sparingly. When watering your lawn, use the least amount of water possible so it doesn’t run into the street carrying pesticide and other chemicals. Do not blow, sweep, hose or rake leaves, or other yard trimmings into the street, gutter, or storm drain.
  • Painting– Clean water-based paint brushes in the sink, rinse oil-based brushes with paint thinner, and take old paint and paint-related products to a household hazardous waste-E-waste collection event. Call 1-888-CLEAN LA or log onto 888.CleanLA.com .
  • Pesticide– Never dispose of lawn or garden chemicals in storm drains. This is called illegal dumping. Taken them to a household hazardous waste roundup. Call 1-888-CLEAN LA or log onto 888.CleanLA.com.  
  • Pool Care–  Make sure all pool chemicals are dissipated before draining a pool or spa.  Do not drain pools within 5 days of adding chemicals. Never backwash a filter into the street or storm drain.
  • Recycle– You can help keep your community clean, protect our area waterways and make the beaches safe for ocean swimmers by putting recyclable plastic, glass and metal where they belong in a recycling container.

For more information on keeping your environment clean:

Call 1-888-Clean LA     or   log on to www.888.CleanLA.com  or call Public Works Department at 310-603-0220, ext. 500

BULKY HOUSEHOLD WASTE ITEMS COLLECTION

All single-family and multi-family residents living within the City of Lynwood are eligible to receive FREE “Bulky Item” collection service, with a limit of 5 items per collection. Bulky items include items such as furniture, appliances, wood waste, large yard waste, clothing, stereos, televisions, computers, monitors, cell phones, microwaves and other similar products.  Call  1-888-467-7600 to schedule your free pick-up.

SHARPS

Hypodermic needles, syringes with needles, lancets and other sharps thrown into household waste present a great risk to sanitation workers, janitors, housekeepers and children-event pets.  Lynwood residents can conveniently and responsibly dispose of needles, lancets and other sharps from homes with mail-back containers in 4 easy steps.

  1. Residents call Waste Resources Inc at 1-888-467-7600 to request a free Sharps Kits (includes container, pre-paid postage lable, and a for)
  2. Waste Resources will deliver the kit to the residence the following wek.
  3. Residents will fill up the container with Sharps
  4. Residents mail the containers back for safe disposal by using the pre-paid postage label provided and sign the form included in the inside pocket of the kit.

HOLIDAY TREE COLLECTION

Holiday trees discarded by residences will be collected beginning December 26 and continuing for 3 weeks for free. Place your holiday tree curbside next to waste carts on your collection day. Trees over 6’ tall must e cut in half and be sure to remove ornaments and stand.


MORE INFORMATION ON RECYCLING

To obtain more information about recycling offered to Lynwood residents and businesses go to www.wasteresources.com   or call Waste Resources Inc Customer Service at 1-888-467-7600.

 

MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LAW (AB 341)

Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires mandatory commercial recycling in California beginning July 1, 2012.

A business that disposes of 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week or Multi-family dwelling of 5 units or more are required to recycle.

For more information on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) please visit the CalReycle website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov

For an English/Spanish flyer on the program, please download:

Multi-Family – English
Multi-Family – Spanish
Commercial – English
Commercial – Spanish

MANDATORY ORGANICS RECYCLING (AB 1826)

State Mandate (AB 1826)

The law requires that businesses arrange for recycling services for the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food soiled paper.

 

Multifamily complexes must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. Most organic waste is recyclable through methods such as composting, mulching and anaerobic digestion. Organic recycling services often accept a wide variety of different tuples of organic waste. Check with the City of Lynwood to learn how to arrange for recycling.

Businesses and  Multifamily Complexes

Businesses and multifamily complexes must start recycling organic waste by the following dates:

April 1, 2016- generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week

January 1, 2017- generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week;

January 1, 2019- generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.

January 1, 2020- generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decrease by half.

 

Organic Recycling Services

The requirement to recycle organic waste can be met by taking one or any combination of the following actions, provided that the action is in compliance with the local ordinance:

  1. Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  2. Recycle organic waste on-site, or self-haul organic waste for organic recycling.
  3. Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  4. Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

Helping You to Comply

We are here to help you comply with the new law.  Please call us to get started with your organics recycling or if you have any questions:

Contact Us

City of Lynwood Public Works Department

310-603-0220, ext. 500

lhempe@lynwood.ca.us

www.lynwood.ca.us

BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING

People are using way more bottles and cans than ever before. Recycling them creates new products, conserves natural resources, reduces energy use, and curbs carbon emissions in the sky. Sure beats letting them spend the next few centuries just sitting in a landfill.

Fortunately, doing the right thing is easy.

How You Can Help:

·         Participate in the City’s curbside recycling program. Call City of Lynwood Public Works Department for more information at 310-603-0220, ext. 500.

Or

·         Drop off beverage containers at Recycling Centers and receive cash. Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers are eligible for CRV. Notable exceptions are milk, wine and distilled spirits, which are not included in the CRV program. CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounce or greater.

Visit the CalReycle website to find locations of Recycling Centers in Lynwood:

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Reports/CertifiedRecyclers.aspx
USED OIL RECYCLING   

Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty and can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource (oil) and is good for the environment too! Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans (even in a sealed container) can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers. Recycling your used motor oil reduces this pollution threat. When you take your used oil to a certified center for recycling, you are protecting the environment, conserving a valuable resource, and getting paid for it. That’s a winning combination!

How Can You Help?

You can participate in oil recycling by following these tips:

·         Drain your used oil into a clean container.

·         Do not mix any other materials, including water, with used oil.

·         Take your used oil to a household hazardous waste collection facility or a used oil collection site.

 

CalRecycle encourages the recycling of used motor oil by certifying used oil recycling collection centers throughout the state.  Certified Used Oil Collection Centers will take used motor oil from the public and will pay you 40¢ a gallon. Most centers will take up to 5 gallons at a time.

There is one catch.  Certified center managers will not accept used motor oil that has been contaminated with other fluids such as antifreeze, solvents, gasoline, or water. So please, don’t mix your used oil with anything. However, if your used oil accidentally gets contaminated, call the Los Angeles County Sanitation Hotline at 1-800-238-0173.

Below is a list of Certified Centers in Lynwood:

Autozone #4147

11833 Atlantic Avenue

Lynwood, CA 90262

(901) 495-7217

CalRecycle #: 19-C-10065

Used oil filters accepted

AutoZone #5446

3200 E Imperial Hwy

Lynwood, CA 90262

(310) 631-5184

CalRecycle #: 19-C-04821

Used oil filters accepted

AutoZone #5447

10721 Atlantic Ave

Lynwood, CA 90262

(310) 638-0209

CalRecycle #: 19-C-04822

AutoZone #5448

3250 Tweedy Blvd

Lynwood, CA 90262

(323) 567-4102

CalRecycle #: 19-C-04820

Used oil filters accepted

Jiffy Lube #0358

9901 State St.

Lynwood, CA 90262

(323) 566-3797

CalRecycle #: 19-C-06346

O’Reilly Auto Parts #4145

10727 Long Beach Blvd.

Lynwood, CA 90262

(417) 874-7257

CalRecycle #: 19-C-06374

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND ELECTRONIC WASTE PROGRAM   

What is Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

HHW is any product labeled: toxic, poison, combustible, corrosive, flammable or irritant that is disposed of.  A typical home can contain many household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, and garage.  The health and safety of our families and neighborhoods and environmental is threatened when household hazardous waste is stored or disposed of improperly.

To learn more about HHW please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Works website by clicking on the following link:

http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/


TEMPORARY COLLECTION EVENTS

The County Sanitation and Los Angeles County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.  Lynwood residents can come to the County HHW collection events.

Some examples of what you CAN bring to a HHW collection:

  • Motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid
  • Used antifreeze
  • Paint, paint thinner, turpentine
  • Cleaners with acid or lye
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Household batteries or car batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • CRTs, old TVs, misc. electronics
  • Mercury thermometers or thermostats
  • Used Needles or Sharps (In a Sharps container or sturdy box labeled “SHARPS”)
  • Unwanted or expired prescriptions
What you CANNOT bring to a HHW collection:

  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Trash
  • Tires
  • Business Waste
  • White Goods (stoves, fridges, etc.)
  • Controlled Substances
  • Biohazardous Waste (blood, urine, etc.)

 

How should you prepare?

  • Bring the items you wish to dispose of in a sturdy box preferably in their original, labeled containers.
  • Do not EVER mix products together.
  • It is ILLEGAL to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste in your personal vehicle.
  • Be prepared to leave your containers. Because of permitting requirements, and the volume of people that utilize the program, items such as gasoline cans WILL NOT be returned.


COLLECTION CENTERS NEAR LYNWOOD&TEMPORARY LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULE

For location of permanent HHW centers and schedule and locations of Temporary HHW Collection Events visit the Sanitation of Los Angeles County website by clicking on the link below:

 

http://www.lacsd.org/solidwaste/swfacilities/recyclecontact/hhw_e_waste/default.asp
You can also visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works website for location of HHW/Electronic Waste Collection Events by clicking on the link below:

 

http://ladpw.org/general/enotifyCalendar/Calendar.aspx
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL AGENCY (LARA)   

The Los Angeles Regional Agency is an agency approved by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) in January 2004.  The purpose is to assist member cities, including the City of Lynwood to achieve AB 939 recycling goals.  There is a Joint Powers Agreement between member cities to cooperate in implementing recycling and AB 939 related programs.

For more information on LARA please click on the following link:

http://www.laregionalagency.us/

 

REDUCE AND REUSE

Please keep in mind that recycling is your least preferred option. Reducing the generation of waste so there is no waste left to recycle would be the ideal. Make it your goal. Also keep in mind the concept of “cycle” in the term “recycle”. For there to be a complete cycle, the things you send to be recycled must come back to you. So, look for recycled content products whenever you buy, otherwise you are not truly recycling.

Reduce

  • Packaging
    • Buy food in large quantities or in bulk. Grains and cereal are especially easy to purchase this way. Avoiding small individual packages of any product or consumable greatly reduces the amount of paper or boxboard that you buy and throw away. Of course, don’t buy large quantities if the food would spoil before it is used.
    • Vote with your dollars. When comparing products of different manufacturers, consider giving preference to those that use less packaging.
  • Unwanted Mail

Reuse

Substitute Reusable Items for Consumables

  • Use towels, rags, and sponges for most cleaning and wipe-ups. Keep a large enough supply of rags and wash cloths so you will always have some clean ones. Even if you need to buy a supply of small towels and wash cloths to get yourself started, the initial cost will be quickly offset by your reduced need to buy disposable substitutes, and you might think they work better than disposables. (See the Reuse Products page.) If you frequently need a damp rag or wash cloth close at hand, just find an ordinary old plastic bottle or old spray bottle and fill it with your own home-made cleaning solution. You could mix up a mild cleaner of one part vinegar to seven parts water, or something much stronger with diluted alcohol, bleach, or ammonia. (Do not mix bleach and ammonia. The combination creates an asphyxiating gas.) See the Cleaning and Custodial Supplies page of the Waste Prevention Information Exchange for ideas.
  • Use cloth napkins. Buy a large supply of inexpensive cotton napkins to use every day, the initial cost will be quickly offset by your reduced need to buy disposable paper substitutes. See the Reuse Products page.
  • Are you still collecting bags every time you shop? STOP! Invest in a set of reusable shopping bags. They hold more, they make carrying heavy loads much easier, they hold larger volumes than most plastic bags, they protect glass jars and bottles better, they last seemingly forever (expect well over 15 years from cloth grocery bags), they save energy and resources, and they prevent litter. Even if you recycle your paper or plastic grocery bags, you consume some energy and resources. See the Reuse Products page.
  • Collect and use plastic food storage containers. More durable than plastic bags, leak less, reduce odors in the refrigerator, keep moths out of dry goods in the cupboard.
  • Invest in rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. You can run almost anything, from flashlights to digital cameras, with rechargeable batteries. In the long run it is cheaper and better for the environment. For more information on recycling and proper disposal of batteries, please visit CalRecycle’s Batteries home page.

Recycle

  • Get Ready to Recycle–Set up your household to make recycling easy.  Each residential customer in Lynwood is provided two carts for collection.  The Green Cart is for tree trimmings and grass clippings only.  The Grey cart is for trash and recyclables. Don’t worry, the content on the Gray cart is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility to be sorted and recycled.