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Don't tolerate illegal dumping

Don't tolerate illegal dumping

To keep Lakewood clean and attractive, the city encourages residents to report anyone dumping in alleys and parkways.

It’s a violation of the law, and the city will pursue illegal dumpers. If you see dumping in action, get the license plate number and description of the perpetrators, and call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station business line at 562-623-3500.

To report material that’s already been dumped, call City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.

Lakewood residential trash customers have plenty of options for disposing of large and bulky items free of charge, so there’s no reason for anyone to illegally dump. 

Residential trash customers can call Lakewood’s disposal contractor, EDCO, at 562-531-3054, before 3:30 p.m. at least one day prior to your regular trash collection day for a free Bulky Item Pickup. It’s a convenient way to get rid of large, unwanted household items, including mattresses (mattresses must be wrapped in plastic), water heaters, sofas and chairs, as well as e-waste, such as old televisions and computer equipment.

Lakewood customers get six free Bulky Item Pickups a year of up to six items each time. Lakewood residents are fortunate because most cities provide fewer pickups a year.

The City of Lakewood encourages residents to consider giving unwanted items a second life by having them re-used rather than disposed.

There are numerous local shelters, non-profits, repair shops and thrift stores that may be willing to take unwanted household items. Go to www.lakewoodcity.org/bulkystuff for a list of local agencies that welcome donations. Some even pick up for free.

E-waste, such as TVs and computer equipment, can usually also be disposed of for free at EDCO’s transfer station at 2755 California Ave., Signal Hill on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hazardous waste like paint, oil and household chemicals can also be dropped off at EDCO’s transfer station. You can check the current status of Los Angeles County hazardous waste collection centers at www.cleanla.com

Go to www.lakewoodcity.org/specialtrash for more information. E-waste and hazardous waste should not be placed in your regular trash.

Lakewood apartment residents should talk with their property managers about programs they have in place to dispose of bulky items. Apartment residents and others can take mattresses (mattresses must be wrapped in plastic) and other bulky items to EDCO’s transfer station in Signal Hill for a reasonable fee. The station is open seven days a week for these disposals. For hours and other details, go to www.lakewoodcity.org/EDCOtransferstation.