Household Toxic Waste Report Is Ordered

A Los Angeles City Council panel Monday ordered city officials to return next week with a report on funding a program to collect household hazardous wastes from homeowners before the items end up in the regular trash.

The council’s Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee also sided with residents who live near Lopez Canyon, the city-owned landfill in the northeast San Fernando Valley, in expressing unhappiness that the city’s fledgling household hazardous waste pickup program has been stalled.

The city has $957,000 in its budget for such a clean-up plan, but it will require a City Council vote to free the funds for expenditure. Presently, release of the funds depends on completion of a report on ways to handle the expensive job of collecting and disposing of such wastes.