Electronic and Universal Waste

photo of electronic waste itemsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer allows TVs and computer monitors to end up in landfills because the glass screens have approximately seven pounds of lead embedded in the glass.  Lead can contaminate the ground water supply and is dangerous to humans.  These two electronic items are now known as E-waste.

Other E-waste and Universal Waste (U-waste) that can not be placed in the trash include:

  • Batteries
  • Camcorders
  • Cell phones
  • CD players
  • Cordless phones
  • Computers
  • DVD players
  • Florescent tubes
  • Game consoles
  • Keyboards
  • iPods, iPads, and tablets
  • LED light bulbs
  • Mercury switches
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Microwave ovens
  • MP3 players
  • PDAs
  • Stereos
  • VCR players


E-waste and U-waste can be dropped off at one of the Orange County HHW Collection Facilities.