Hazardous waste is illegal to dispose of in landfills. Hazardous waste can be harmful to humans and the environment. Examples of common household hazardous waste are motor oil, paint, household cleaning supplies, pesticides, sharps and pharmaceutical waste. Illegally disposing of these items can result in harmful effects on the environment and harsh fines.
Universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are widely produced by households and many different types of businesses. Universal wastes include televisions, computers and other electronic devices as well as batteries, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, and other mercury containing equipment, among others.
Find out how to properly dispose of these and other hazardous wastes below.
Electronic waste is illegal to throw in the garbage and should be recycled at e-waste collection centers.
Scientific studies show sometimes alarming levels of human medicines in U.S. waterways. Medications should not be flushed down the drain.
California Health and Safety Code makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers.
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“Universal Waste” includes a variety of hazardous materials generated from a broad range of sources.