Electronic waste, such as fluorescent tubes and consumer batteries, are prohibited from the trash. Electronic waste contains a variety of toxic components like lead, cadmium and mercury, arsenic and flame retardants, and when dumped in a landfill, these materials can contaminate the soil and ground water, thus impacting surrounding areas.
Electronic waste includes: batteries, fluorescent bulbs, computers, monitors, cords, phones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, microwave ovens, or iPods.
Many manufacturers also take back their old equipment for reuse and recycling:
BUSINESSES – VERY SMALL QUANTITY GENERATOR (VSQG) PROGRAM
Businesses include offices, restaurants, stores, government agencies, non-profit organizations and schools. Private residents do not qualify as businesses.
If your business generates up to 27 gallons or less (or 220 pounds) of electronic waste or hazardous waste per month, you may qualify for the VSQG Program in San Mateo County.
This program is now being contracted out to our hazardous waste contractor, Philip Services Co. (PSC). Please call (877) 748-3040 for more information. You must have your company’s EPA ID number and an itemized inventory of the waste you wish to dispose of ready. To obtain an EPA ID number, the business must fill out DTSC’s Form 1358.