More than 1,000 Los Angeles County households on Saturday dropped off a combined 80,000 pounds of electronic and hazardous waste, including computer monitors, motor oil and buckets of paint, at the Burbank Fire Department Training Center, officials said.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., county Department of Public Works employees gathered 20,000 pounds of electronic — also known as "e-waste" — 60,000 pounds of hazardous waste, keeping liquids out of household trash cans that residents dispose of every day.
"When it comes to protecting the environment, individual actions make a big difference," county public works Director Gail Farber said in a statement. "If each of us does our part to properly dispose of unwanted items, we'll prevent pollutants from reaching our waterways."
Once residents drop off the waste, 80% of the hazardous material is recycled, with the remainder disposed of through incineration or other methods, official said. All of the e-waste is recycled.