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Universal Waste Recycling

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Universal wastes are hazardous wastes and contain mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and other substances hazardous to human and environmental health. In general, universal waste should not be discarded in solid waste landfills. See below for alternative disposal methods for universal waste.CFL (A-Z)

Common types of Universal Waste:

Common batteries* — AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries contain corrosive chemicals.
Fluorescent tubes & bulbs and mercury-containing  lamps* — They contain mercury vapor, a toxic metal.
Thermostats — There is mercury inside the sealed glass switch in old thermostats.
Electronic devices* — TVs, computer monitors, computers, printers,VCR’s, cell phones, telephones, and radios often contain heavy metals, including lead.
Electrical switches & relays — These contain mercury.
Pilot light sensors — These often contain mercury.
Mercury gauges — These include barometers, manometers, blood pressure and vacuum gauges.
Novelties with mercury added — This includes greeting cards that play music when opened, old athletic shoes with flashing lights in the sole, and mercury maze games.
Mercury thermometers —
These typically contain about a half gram of mercury.
Empty Aerosol Cans*

* Items accepted free of charge.  All other items, solid waste rates apply.


Recycle Universal Waste at:

Eastern Regional Landfill
Hwy 89 south & Cabin Creek Road
Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE Compact Fluorescent Light recycling locations are listed below.
Note: Regular, incandescent light bulbs are NOT accepted for recycling. 
Rexel Lighting  
10338 River Park Place, Truckee, CA
Mon-Fri 6:30am-5pm (closed 12-1:00 for lunch)

Mountain Hardware and Sports 
11320 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 
Mon-Sat 7am-7pm Sun 8am-6pm

17400 Northwoods Blvd #5, Truckee, CA 

Home Depot 
2955 Northtowne Ln 
Reno, NV 89512 
(775) 674-2900?

Local Battery Drop-off Locations:
Eastern Regional Landfill
Hwy 89 south & Cabin Creek Road
Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. for lunch. 530-583-0148

Mountain Hardware and Sports
11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 
Mon-Sat 7am-7pm Sun 8am-6pm

Donner Pines Market
13710 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-3691

Truckee Town Hall (Batteries Only)
10183 Truckee-Tahoe Airport Rd
Truckee, CA



For energy and water conservation information and local incentive programs call the Truckee Donner Public Utility District

Truckee Donner Public Utility District: Conservation Services 
Truckee, CA 96161 
(530) 582-3931



The California Universal Waste Ban (Title 22 California Code of Regulations, Chapter 23) affective February 6, 2006 banned all defined Universal Waste such as household batteries, fluorescent lamps and bulbs, electronics, empty aerosol cans and any item containing mercury from landfill disposal. Due to the hazardous nature of most of the items listed above residents are required to drop items off for free recycling/disposal at the Eastern Regional Landfill.



For more information on universal waste:                                    

Universal Waste is a Universal Problem

Fluorescent Facts 101

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