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Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

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.)

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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 - 877-713-2784.

Additional Links

Household Hazardous Waste
Hazardous Materials Division - Hazardous Waste