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Torrance Green Initiatives


Torrance Environmental Websites
and Phone Numbers for Recycling and Going Green


Water Conservation Ordinance

In May, the City of Torrance approved a water conservation ordinance that applies to the entire City regardless of retail water supplier.

Green Activities

Coastal Clean-up Days

City of Torrance, Public Works Department

  • See Trash and Recycling Collection link on left of website
  • See Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Round-Up Dates and more on right of website Torrance Public Works 310-781-6900

RecycleTorrance.org is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The site features information on used oil and filter recycling in a 1950's comic book style. The site is also host to a "Google"-like search engine for finding locations to recycle a variety of items in the Torrance area.

www.greentorrance.com is a site featuring environmental information for businesses, created in partnership by the City of Torrance and the Torrance Chamber of Commerce. The site is designed to provide Torrance businesses with a comprehensive resource for "getting green" by protecting the environment, saving energy and saving money.

New Torrance Drop-off Recycling

Smurfit-Stone offers a free drop-off every Saturday for residents and businesses without City service to recycle all the same items taken in the Torrance curbside program.

Free drop-off available every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Smurfit-Stone
20502 South Denker Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
310-533-0333

The City of Torrance Public Works Department has a new e-newsletter, "One Person's Trash...," which is now posted on the City's website. In it, you'll find information about commercial and multi-family recycling programs, details on recycling old electronic gadgets and properly disposing of hazardous waste, announcements on upcoming events and workshops, and so much more.

To request that future issues be sent directly to your inbox, please send your name and email address to ASherman@TorranceCA.Gov. In the subject line, type: "Add me to e-newsletter list." (Your email address will only be used for purposes of this e-newsletter.)

You can read the Spring, 2015 newsletter here.

Water Conservation Tips by the City of Torrance

Water Service for the City of Torrance
Water Service
Free low flow shower heads

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Be Water Wise
Single Family Residential Programs
Tips and more

Save Water / Save a Buck
Rebate Reservation System for Multi-Family Residential, Business and Institutional Programs
Call 1-877-728-2282

Water Conservation At Home
A resource for conservation, the water cycle, and more for kids and adults.




South Bay Environmental Services Center Has Moved!

The SBESC has moved locations and has new phone numbers. See their announcement.

Holiday Light Exchange

The South Bay Energy Savings Center Holiday Light Exchange is in full swing. Just bring in two of your old incandescent light strings and they will give you two FREE LED light strands, a value of $8.99 each.

LED lights are 90% more efficient than old C-7 lights and have an average bulb life of 25,000 hours!

South Bay Energy Savings Center

15901 Hawthorne, Suite 400
Lawndale, CA 90260
310.371.7222
310.371.0888 (Fax)




Green Building / Remodeling Guidelines

The City of Torrance has published green building & remodeling guidelines (PDF) to aid in building and remodeling in a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner.




OTNA Green Projects

Charles Payne, our Neighborhood Clean-up Coordinator for the past eight years, "passed the trash bag" to Elaine Thompson, OTNA member and past OTNA President at the OTNA meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2014. Many thanks to Charles for his years of service as Coordinator. OTNA welcomes Elaine as our new OTNA Clean-up Coordinator.

Elaine hosted her first OTNA Clean-up as Coordinator on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in a combined effort of OTNA and the City of Torrance at Torrance Beach in the Coastal Clean-up.

In September 2006, Mayor Frank Scotto was our guest speaker at our meeting. At that meeting, Mayor Scotto challenged everyone present to "Pay It Forward." The concept being that if everyone in the community volunteers their time -- be it coaching a little league team, picking up trash in their neighborhood, working in a classroom -- then Torrance will be an even better place in which to live. Under the direction of Charles Payne, Co-president of OTNA, the OTNA Board has hosted three cleanup events in Old Torrance since the Mayor's challenge.

Mayor Frank Scotto said, "I think the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association has to be commended for taking the 'Pay it Forward' challenge to heart. I am so pleased that they are hosting these clean-up days -- it's something that benefits the entire City."

On June 7th, 2007 OTNA was recognized by the Environmental Quality Control Commission with a Green Pride in Torrance Award for our clean-up efforts in the City -- a "Pay it Forward" challenge set forth by Mayor Frank Scotto in 2006. As part of that committment the OTNA holds Neighborhood Clean-ups the first Saturday after regularly scheduled OTNA meetings. Check the OTNA Calendar for details on our next clean-up.

On February 27th, 2009 OTNA was recognized for our clean-up efforts in the City -- a "Pay it Forward" challenge set forth by Mayor Frank Scotto in the fall of 2006 -- with a "Community Partnership Award" at the 2nd annual Celebration of Community luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Torrance and the Lomita-Torrance Airport Rotary Club. At this luncheon, the Mayor recognizes community organizations, non-profits and service groups for their dedication to the community at large.

On March 31st, 2009, the OTNA was selected to receive the County of Los Angeles Green Leadership Award. The Board of Supervisors recognized our Clean-ups at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 21st. Charles Payne and Todd Hays, past Co-Presidents, accepted the award on behalf of the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association.

OTNA past presidents Charles Payne and Todd Hays accept the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Green Leadership Award from Supervisor Don Knabe on April 21, 2009.