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Effective February 9, 2006, state hazardous waste rules require special handling for consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing products, called Universal Wastes. It is now against the law to dispose of these items in your garbage or recycling cart.


Battery CollectionUniversal wastes are hazardous wastes that are generated by a wide variety of people that contain mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and other substances hazardous to human and environmental health.  In general, universal waste may not be discarded in solid waste landfills. Examples of these wastes are batteries, fluorescent tubes, and some electronic devices. The best way to reduce the harmful effects of the wastes on human health and the environment is to reduce consumption.  The next best thing is to make sure you DON'T throw them in the trash! 


Types of Universal Waste

  • Batteries--Includes all batteries, AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, and all others, both rechargeable and single use
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers and Computer Monitors
  • Electronic Devices
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Thermometers
  • Non-Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Televisions


Recycle these items for FREE at the following San Joaquin County facilities:


North County Recycling Center

17720 East Harney Lane

Lodi, CA

(209) 887-3868


Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility

2323 East Lovelace Road

Manteca, CA

(209) 982-5770


Foothill Sanitary Landfill

6484 North Waverly Road

Linden, CA

(209) 887-3969



External Links


San Joaquin County Landfills - Brochure listing San Joaquin County Landfills and their operating hours.


San Joaquin County Universal Waste Recycling - Printable brochure on types of Universal Waste.


California Department of Toxic Substances Control - State resource for information on Universal Waste handling. - A guide to local resources, how-to information and  pollution prevention tips.


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/3/2014