Universal waste (U-waste) is a type of hazardous waste that is generated by residents and businesses alike. U-waste is very common and poses a lower risk to people and the environment than other hazardous wastes. It is regulated under California's "Universal Waste Rule," which requires the recycling* of most types of U-waste.
(*Please note: Although most universal wastes are recyclable, they do not belong in your blue solid waste recycling bin. These wastes currently must be taken to proper facilities for recycling.)
Examples of Universal Waste
- Common Batteries (AA, AAA, C-cells, D-cells and button cell batteries)
- Electronic Devices such as: Computer and television monitors, wireless phones, computer processing units, printers, VCRs and microwave ovens
- Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs
- High intensity discharge lamps
- Mercury switches
- Mercury thermometers
- Mercury thermostats
- Non-empty aerosol cans
How should I dispose of my U-waste?
- If you live in the unincorporated areas of the County, you can dispose of your U-waste at the various County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities.
- If you live in an incorporated City, you must contact your city's household waste program for disposal information. Here is a contact list of city HHW programs.
Additional Disposal Options
- Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (free)
- Electronics Recycling - CalRecycle
- Household Hazardous Waste Home Page