The city of Los Angeles periodically sets up collection points for waste from many items used around the house--such as motor oil, cleaners with acids or lye, paint and paint thinner, turpentine, pesticides and herbicides. The first collection of the year is today, with others scheduled in the coming months. The wastes can be brought to collection points in parking lots of the locations listed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Dates in parentheses are alternate dates in case of heavy rains.

The only items not acceptable are explosives, ammunition and radioactive materials. If you have these types of wastes, the Department of Public Works offers information on disposal sites at (213) 237-1634 or (818) 989-8121.

DATE AREA LOCATION Jan. 21 Southwest Valley West Valley Municipal Building, (Jan. 28) 19040 Vanowen St., Reseda Feb. 26 West Los Angeles Federal Building, (March 5) 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood April 15 Southeast Valley Los Angeles Valley College, (April 22) May 20 South Central Street Maintenance Yard, (May 27) 5860 South Wilton Pl., Los Angeles June 24 Harbor Narbonne High School, (July 1)* 24300 South Western Ave., Harbor City Aug. 19 North Valley Coast Saving and Loan, (Aug. 26) 18000 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills Oct. 28 North Central Dodger Stadium, (Nov. 4) 1000 Elysian Park, Los Angeles Nov. 18 Northeast Valley Refuse Collection Yard, (Nov. 25) 9701 San Fernando Rd., Sun Valley

* unconfirmed


Source: Department of Public Works