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In February 2006, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) banned all Universal Waste (or u-waste) from the trash. U-waste includes TV and computer monitors, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, batteries, and other mercury-containing devices. These items are illegal to throw away in the trash.

DTSC: Universal Waste Information for Businesses
DTSC: Universal Waste Information for Residents

Electronics

Recycling information for residents

Residents can bring their electronics to the Yolo County Central Landfill for free recycling everyday. For more information about electronic recycling, call (530) 666-8856. DTSC information about electronics.

Recycling information for businesses

Businesses can recycle their their electronics at the Yolo County Central Landfill --FEES APPLY. Visit the Yolo landfill website for details. DTSC information about electronics.

Fluorescent Bulbs and Tubes

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury that can pollute the environment and contaminate groundwater. Broken tubes and bulbs in a trash can or dumpster can create clouds of mercury vapor that can linger around the area for hours, exposing anyone nearby to the harmful chemical. Information about what to do if a fluorescent bulb breaks.

Disposal information for residents

The Yolo County Central Landfill will accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes from residents for proper disposal for free every day during normal operating hours.

Disposal information for businesses

Businesses can dispose of their fluorescent bulbs and tubes through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill or through a mail-back program. See the Business U-Waste Guide for more information.

Batteries

Both single-use and rechargeable batteries contain toxic chemicals that can be released into the environment if not disposed of correctly.

Disposal information for residents

Residents may bring their batteries to several locations in Davis for free recycling or may bring them to the weekly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days at the landfill, held every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for free recycling.

Disposal information for businesses

Businesses can dispose of their batteries through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill or through a private company that is licensed to handle universal waste, such as the non-profit Call2Recycle.org. Businesses may NOT bring their batteries to the battery collection sites around town. Businesses may NOT bring their hazardous waste to Yolo County’s household hazardous waste drop-off days at the landfill. These programs are operated by Yolo County and are for residential generated wastes ONLY.

More information on Universal waste management for businesses.

Mercury-Containing Devices

Some universal wastes, like mercury fever thermometers and other devices that contain liquid mercury, are hazardous because they contain enough mercury to pose a health risk. Mercury containing items include: mercury thermostats, mercury switches. mercury thermometers and mercury-added novelties (including practical joke items, figurines, jewelry, toys, games, greeting cards that play music, ornaments, yard statues and figures, candles, holiday decorations, and shoes with lights). In 2003, the California Mercury Reduction Act banned sale of mercury-added novelties in this state, but some people still have them in their homes. More information about items that may contain mercury.

Disposal information for residents

Residents of Yolo County can bring mercury-containing devices to the weekly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days at the Yolo County Central Landfill, held every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for free disposal.

Disposal information for businesses

Businesses can dispose of their mercury-containing items through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill.