Electronic & Universal Waste

Examples of electronic waste include:

  • microwaves
  • T.V.’s
  • computer monitors and towers
  • cell phones, ipods, DVD players, stereos, etc.

Examples of Universal Waste Include:

  • used motor oil and filters
  • batteries
  • fluorescent tubes and bulbs
  • Sharps

Electronic and universal waste, such as computer monitors, TVs, fluorescent tubes and consumer batteries, are prohibited from the trash. Electronic and 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.


To find an approved electronic or universal waste drop off location, please visit HHW.org or call 408-299-7300. You may also schedule an appointment with the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program – an appointment only service for all residents of Santa Clara County.

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