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Universal Waste

Hazardous waste regulations contain a category called “Universal Waste.” These are many common products that we use in our daily lives but contain hazardous elements and need to be disposed at a designated collection facility.

Batteries Household Batteries:  Alkaline, AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volt. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at many retail sites like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Target etc. Visit or for a list of sites near you, call 1-877-237-2583 (automotive batteries are not included in this group as they are already covered under other regulations, please go to the hazardous waste link on the left side of your screen for more information).
E-Waste Electronic Waste: Please go the Electronic Waste link on the left side of your screen for more information or click here.
Mercury-Containing Devices Mercury-containing devices: Examples include thermostats, mercury switches, thermometers, dental amalgam, gages, novelty items, counterweights and dampers, dilators and weighted tubing, rubber flooring and gas flow regulators.
CFLs Compact fluorescent bulbs, high intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps.
Tube Bulbs

Tubular bulbs: U-shape, circular and others bulbs in various lengths and diameters, green or blue tips.

Mercury Containing Novelty Items Mercury-added novelty items   Figurines, adornments, toys, games, cards, ornaments, yard statues or figurines, candle, jewelry, holiday decoration or apparel - i.e. footwear that lights up upon impact. (Check with manufacturers to see if a particular item contains mercury).

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous or universal waste in trash or recycling containers, storm drains, open fields etc. Illegally disposed universal waste can contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. Therefore it must be taken to a safe collection facility. Please go to the hazardous waste link on the left side of your screen for more information.

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