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 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.

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, etc.


You may recycle computer monitors and TVs at the San Martin Transfer Station or schedule an appointment with the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program – an appointment only service for all residents of Santa Clara County.

Local businesses also offer free disposal, including Westside Recycling LLC.

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