Universal Waste & Electronic Waste

Universal Wastes 

Universal wastes are common items which because of their chemical content are considered hazardous wastes. Universal wastes pose a relatively low risk to the user when handled in a normal manner. However, if these items are damaged or disposed of into a landfill, they can release their hazardous contents and pose a risk to human health and the environment.

Universal Wastes include:  

The fluorescent lights, thermostats, batteries and e-waste generated by households can be disposed free of charge at the HHW permanent collection centers.

Electronic Waste  

Electronic Waste or E-Waste is any unwanted electronic device or Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). E-Waste is classified as Universal Waste. E-Waste often contains hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury. Examples of E-Waste items include (but are not limited to) the following: Computers

  • CRT devices including older televisions and computer monitors.
  • LCD desktop computer monitors and laptop computers.
  • LCD televisions, Plasma televisions
  • Cash registers and oscilloscopes containing CRTs. 
  • Computers, computer keyboards and other peripherals
  • Telephones, cell phones, and answering machines.
  • Portable DVD players with LCD screens
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape and CD players/recorders
  • Video cassette recorders, portable DVD players with LCD screens
  • Calculators
  • Microwaves

Recycling Information for Businesses

Schools and large businesses are encouraged to contact recyclers directly to discuss e-waste recycling services. For a list of recyclers in the Sacramento region please refer to CalRecycle website.