Universal Waste


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?

 Additional Disposal Options

For additional information, please call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: