Universal & Electronic Waste - Recology San Francisco
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Universal & Electronic Waste

Electronic Wastes can have circuitry that contains toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, zinc, and nickel that can pollute groundwater and harm public health if not properly managed. Electronic Wastes includes computers, monitors, peripherals, phones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, microwave ovens, iPods, and other electronic devices.

Universal Wastes, such as batteries and fluorescent and LED lights may also contain toxic metals and should never be placed in any of the 3 Recology carts.


Business Very Small Quantity Generator Program (VSQG)
If your San Francisco-based business generates a small amount of hazardous waste (less than 220 pounds per month, or 27 gallons), you may dispose of it through the Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG) Program.



Drop off electronic waste at the SF Transfer Station.  You can dispose of up to 30 electronic items per month for free if they are delivered without any other type of material. If the electronics are mixed with trash, the regular Recology tipping fee applies to the whole load.

Fluorescent Lamps
Fluorescent lamps can be disposed of for free at the SF Transfer Station for up to 30 lamps per month per customer. See SF Transfer Station webpage for current fee for disposal of lamps over 30 lamps per month.

Request a Special Pick Up
Property managers, electrical lighting contractors, and other businesses may want to establish a pick-up service with fluorescent lamp recycling companies. See RecycleWhere.org for a list of companies that can help.

Burnt out, regular incandescent bulbs are non-recyclable and go in the landfill Recology cart.

Fluorescents Drop off Locations Throughout San Francisco
Fluorescent lamps from residents may be dropped off at neighborhood drop-off sites established by the City. All of these sites only accept fluorescent tubes and compact “curly cue” fluorescent bulbs. For a list of sites, visit RecycleWhere.org.