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.
Residents and small businesses can dispose of their hazardous waste through the Santa Clara County Hazardous Waste Program. Drop off facilities are open several days each month. You can also find a drop off locations at RecycleStuff.org.