Universal Waste

Effective February 8, 2006 it is illegal to dispose of universal waste with regular trash.   Universal waste includes Household Batteries, Fluorescent Bulbs, Mercury Thermometers and many Electronic Devices (including but not necessarily limited to: Computers, Printers, Microwave Ovens, VCRs, Radios, Cordless Telephones, Cellular Telephones and Answering Machines).  For the most up to date listing of items considered to be Universal Waste, see the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Factsheet

The following is an alphabetic list of waste types that are potentially universal waste.  Click any link below to display a list of companies that recycle that material.

Batteries  |  Electronic Devices  |  Fluorescent Bulbs  |  Mercury  |  Other Household Hazardous Waste
Electronic Devices

Some electronic items are accepted at FREE E-Waste Recycling Events.

Certain APPLIANCES (such as microwaves and many gas appliances) are classified as hazardous waste and banned from landfill disposal.  For additional assistance in determining whether an appliance is determined hazardous and banned from landfill disposal, call the Department of Toxics Substances Control's Waste Evaluation help line at (916) 322-7676.  APPLIANCES are not accepted at the Free E-Waste Events. Click here to display a list of companies that recycle APPLIANCES.  

Fluorescent Bulbs


Household Hazardous Waste Facilities

Didn't find what you were looking for?  Try searching Alameda County's Recycling & Reuse Options.

If it is not recyclable, please assure that you dispose of material properly through your garbage collection company or a permitted Transfer Station or Landfill.  To report illegal dumping, call 1-800-NO-DUMPING.

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