Universal waste (U-waste) is hazardous waste that comes from a wide variety of generators, including residences and businesses. Under California’s "Universal Waste Rule," U-waste cannot go in the trash, and must be taken to a collection location where it is then sent for recycling or proper disposal.
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 To Dispose of U-waste
- Retailers that sell rechargeable batteries should have a take back service. Rechargeable batteries and cell phones are accepted at retail sites participating in the Call2Recycle Program.
- Residents of Participating Jurisdictions may take their waste to a HHW Collection Facility along with their other HHW.
For additional information about universal waste go to: www.ciwmb.ca.gov/HHW/Uwaste