Universal Waste

Electronic Waste or E-Waste is a broad category of waste comprised of computer monitors, TVs, and electronic devices including, but not limited to: CPU/computer towers, printers, audio and video cassette players/recorders, telephones, answering machines, cell phones, CD players, stereo equipment, smoke detectors, hearing aids, and fax machines.  These items are prohibited from burial at landfills because their components might damage the environment due to high heavy metal content and other hazardous waste components

Household batteries including but not limited to single-use alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, 9V and button cell; rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, and lithium batteries. Rechargeable and single-use batteries both contain toxic and corrosive components that must be managed properly. Batteries can no longer be disposed of in regular trash. They can be recycled and made into new batteries.

Waste lamps are the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device including, but is not limited to, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps and may contain toxic heavy metals or other hazardous chemicals and must not be thrown away in the trash.

Mercury Containing Equipment (MCE) includes thermostats, mercury switches, non-automotive mercury switches, dental amalgam, pressure or vacuum gauges, thermometers, dilators and weighted tubing, gas flow regulators, etc.

Aerosol containers with material remaining in the container, including those due to a clogged nozzle, damaged valve, or loss of propellant must be managed properly. Empty household aerosol containers (emptied to the maximum extent practical under normal use) are NOT regulated and may be disposed of as regular refuse.

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This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information.  If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact Waste-Approval@rivco.org or call (951) 486-3200.

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