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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

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.

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. See the newsletter here.

City of Torrance Water Service (310) 781-6900

Customer Service Center - City of Torrance - Utilities 1-855-354-5623 Toll Free

To request future issues sign up for the City of Torrance NEWSLETTER.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Be Water Wise
Single Family Residential Programs
Tips and more

Save Water / Save a Buck

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

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
310.371.0888 (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.