Electronic & Universal Waste

Example Electronic Waste:

  • Computers:
    Computer peripherals, telephones, answering machines, radios, stereo equipment, tape players/recorders, phonographs, VCRs, CD players/recorders, calculators, and microwave ovens.
  • Mercury Containing Waste: Fluorescent tubes, high-intensity lights, sodium vapor lamps, metal halide lamps, and mercury thermostats and switches.
  • Consumer Batteries:
    Including carbon-zinc and alkaline, rechargeable, NiCad, lithium, and mercury button batteries. This includes AA, AAA, C, and D batteries.

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.


DROP OFF

You can find a drop off site at RecycleStuff.org.

Santa Clara County offers a free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off program for County residents. For registration or for more information about the HHW program, please call the HHW Hotline at   408.299.7300 Monday thru Friday 9  a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit HHW.org and click on “Make an Appointment”

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