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 illegal to dispose of these items in your garbage or recycling cart.

Battery CollectionUniversal wastes are hazardous wastes 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. 

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, 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

Stockton Recycles 

San Joaquin County Landfills - San Joaquin County Landfills and operating hours

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

California Department of Toxic Substances Control - State resource for Universal Waste handling

Earth911.org - Local resources, how-to, and pollution prevention tips.


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/22/2017