Televisions, used oil and flammable toxics are gone. 2022 HHW and E-Waste Completed

Lake Los Angeles – 148 vehicles drove through the HHW & E-Waste line on Saturday, May 14, 2022, producing 174 loads of waste that left Lake Los Angels in three 53’ trailers. All of that which was brought to the roundup is going to be recycled and properly disposed of rather than being dumped in the desert or left at Antelope Valley residences.

The big item was once again used oil. Two totes holding 275 gallons of oil, and 4 drums of oil, 3 of them 50-gallon drums and 1 of them a 45-gallon drum were filled to capacity. Doing the simple math 745 gallons of used oil left LLA. In addition to the oil, there was 1 barrel of oil filters.

Televisions, particularly the large screen TV’s might have seen their hay-day last year as the count was down considerably. Flat screens accounted for 35 units while the small TV count was 11. There were 3 pallets of the big TVs, the pallets being 48”x72”. Microwaves came in at 6 count and CPU was 14, each occupying 1 pallet. The count for miscellaneous electronics was 6 cubic yard boxes. If it has a wire, if it has a plug, it’s e-waste.

Any and all electronic waste collected at E-Waste events is sent to a facility in Fresno, California that certifies that it is 100% de-manufactured and recycled in a stringent and environmentally acceptable manner to the commodity level in the United States. No electronic waste collected at these events is sent overseas. The electronics are taken apart, precious metals removed, plastic sorted by color and then sold to the highest bidder. Wire, glass, plastics, and all other materials get recycled. There is significant toxic waste in electronics as well. While some electronics are recycled, many are discarded in landfills. Electronics are filled with chemicals and substances that are harmful to human health and the environment, including toxic metals, flame retardants, and persistent organic pollutants. If not recycled, these chemicals can contaminate landfills and enter the water supply through leachate.

Batteries are another critical item to be handled professionally and never hit a landfill. At this roundup 2 drums filled with lithium batteries in such as tablets, etc., which are equipment containing, that is the battery cannot be removed safely at a roundup, plus one 5-gallon bucket of straight lithium batteries and two 5-gallon buckets of nickel cadmium batteries were collected.

The lengthy manifest included sharps, latex paint, flammable paint, flammable liquids and solids, pesticides, toxic solids, fluorescent tubes and CFLs, PCB ballasts, anti-freeze, alkaline batteries, corrosives, caustic liquids, toner cartridges and lead acid batteries rounded out the list.

Until next spring’s roundup, you can rid your household of these hazardous items by frequenting the AVECC, the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center, on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The hours are 9:00am until 3:00pm. The location is 1200 West City Ranch Road in Palmdale. Each month a flier will be on Facebook and in The Lake L A News.

The importance of these roundups cannot be over-emphasized. Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s LLA roundup.

By Shirley Harriman

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