Universal & EWaste | Recology San Mateo County
Universal & EWaste

Universal and electronic waste, such as fluorescent tubes and consumer batteries, are prohibited from the trash. Universal 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. Small businesses can learn more about the small business drop off program.

Electronic & universal waste includes:
Batteries, fluorescent bulbs, computers, monitors, cords, phones, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, microwave ovens, or iPods.

  • Important Note:
    Electronics are not the only common household materials that cannot be disposed of in the trash! Paint, cleaners and poisons are several examples of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). For more information on Household Hazardous Waste, and how to dispose of it properly, please visit our Household Hazardous Waste page.



Visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability or call (888) 442-2666 to find the nearest location. You can also donate these items to several non-profit and local organizations.  You may also drop off electronics at the Shoreway Environmental Center.

GreenCitizen also recycles televisions, computers, printers, computer peripherals and a wide variety of other electronics. Everything is recycled in the United States, so there is no shipping of electronic waste overseas, and they have the e-steward certification! See a full list of what Green Citizen recycles.

Many manufacturers also take back their old equipment for reuse and recycling:

Additional Resources:
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
ReVolt Recycling