Universal Waste

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.

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