Western Placer Waste Management Authority

Universal Waste

Effective February 9, 2006, households and small businesses are prohibited from putting Universal Waste into the trash. Universal Wastes are a category of hazardous waste that can harm human health and the environment if they are disposed of improperly. Eventually, chemicals in illegally disposed Universal Waste can be released into the environment and possibly contaminate our air and water supply, or harm the workers that handle and sort through the waste stream.

Universal Wastes include Electronic Waste, fluorescent lamps and tubes, household batteries, and mercury containing devices, such as thermostats and thermometers.

Electronic Waste, or "E-waste", is a large category of Universal Waste and includes the following items:

  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Telephones and cell phones
  • Computers and computer peripherals
  • Answering machines
  • Video recording equipment
  • Calculators
  • Stereo equipment
  • Radios

E-waste may be brought to the WPWMA MRF ANY DAY of the week FREE* of charge from households in Placer County.

Other Universal Waste items, such as common batteries, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, etc., are accepted at the WPWMA's HHW Facility. These items are accepted FREE* of charge from Placer County residents ONLY.

*Fees apply for businesses.

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The following links provide additional information about Universal Waste:

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

California Integrated Waste Management Board