Example Electronic Waste:
Computer peripherals, telephones, answering machines, radios, stereo equipment, tape players/recorders, phonographs, VCRs, CD players/recorders, calculators, and microwave ovens.
- Mercury Containing Waste: Fluorescent tubes, high-intensity lights, sodium vapor lamps, metal halide lamps, and mercury thermostats and switches.
- Consumer Batteries:
Including carbon-zinc and alkaline, rechargeable, NiCad, lithium, and mercury button batteries. This includes AA, AAA, C, and D batteries.
Electronic waste, such as fluorescent tubes and consumer batteries, are prohibited from the trash. Electronic waste contains a variety of toxic components like lead, cadmium and mercury, arsenic and flame retardants, and when dumped in a landfill, these materials can contaminate the soil and ground water, thus impacting surrounding areas.
You can find a drop off site at RecycleStuff.org.
Santa Clara County offers a free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off program for County residents. For registration or for more information about the HHW program, please call the HHW Hotline at 408.299.7300 Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit HHW.org and click on “Make an Appointment”