Donating & Disposing Special or Hazardous Items

For information about trash/recycling, large item pickup, and sewer system care, see Trash & Waste Management. 

Clothing, Shoes & Household Items

    • Charitable organizations, including Goodwill and The Salvation Army, provide tax-deductible opportunities to donate your things, and will also recycle items that are not usable.
    • – You can reuse your online shipping boxes from Amazon and other vendors, or any cardboard box, to donate gently used household items, clothing, shoes, etc., for free; directions are on the website.

Electronic (eWaste) and Hazardous Waste

  • Motor oil and filters, paints and solvents, household cleaning products,  electronic items, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, home-generated sharps (needles and lancets) and unused (non-substance controlled) medicines can be dropped off at S.A.F.E. Centers throughout the City of Los Angeles. The nearest one is the Nicole Bernsen S.A.F.E. Center, open 9 am-3 pm Saturdays and Sundays (10241 Balboa…  take Reseda to Devonshire, turn right, then right on Balboa as you can’t turn left into the facility from Balboa… it’s right next door to the gas station… the goods must be in your trunk or back where they can access without you getting out of the car). Check out the S.A.F.E. Centers Flyer (PDF) for more information.

Food Waste – See Composting

Household Batteries – For safety reasons (fire hazard), it is recommended that you tape off the positive end of ALL used batteries, even those you are saving to recycle.


Prescriptions & Medications

    • CVS on Mulholland – Recycle bin is on aisle 19 by the pharmacy.
    • Kaiser pharmacies also have bins inside for this purpose.
    • See Electronic (eWaste) and Hazardous Waste above

Sharp Objects should not thrown away loosely, but placed in rigid leak-proof container, filling it up to halfway, with  bleach and water solution, and labeled “TREATED SHARPS, NON-RECYCLABLE” (see more at You can take them to Gelson’s on Mulholland Customer Service Counter or see Electronic (eWaste) and Hazardous Waste above.

Small (eWaste) Items-Recycle by Mail – You can recycle batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs (which contain mercury), and printer cartridges through the Recycle by Mail program.

Bottles & Cans – California Refund Value (CRV) Centers

Shredded Paper – The Topanga Community Center annual shredding fundraiser volunteers will do it for you and ensure it is recycled for a small fee that supports local programs.

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