Commercial Electronic & Universal Waste Program
In February, 2006, the State of California prohibited the disposal of electronic waste, fluorescent tubes, consumer batteries and mercury thermostats into the trash. Known as "Universal Waste", these wastes are health and environmental hazards if they are disposed of improperly.
Examples of prohibited wastes:
Electronic Waste - Computers, 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.
Business Recycling Options
Businesses include offices, restaurants, stores, government agencies, non-profit organizations and schools. Private residents do not qualify as businesses.
Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program:
Does the business generate up to 27 gallons or 220 pounds maximum of universal waste (and other hazardous waste) per month?
This Program is now being contracted out to our hazardous waste contractor, Philip Services Co., (PSC) Please call (877) 748-3040 for more information. You must have your company's EPA ID number and an itemized inventory of the waste you wish to dispose of ready.
The disposal cost for fluorescent lamps is $0.12 per foot, and for batteries is $1.00 per pound, with a $30 service fee.
To figure out how much fluorescent bulbs weigh, multiply the total length in feet by 0.15 pounds/foot. Example: One 4-foot tube calculates as 4 feet times 0.15 pounds/foot = 0.6 pounds. A business would have to generate 367 4-foot tubes each month to equate to 220 pounds.
EPA ID Numbers:
To obtain an EPA ID number, the business must fill out DTSC's Form 1358.
If the business generates MORE than 27 gallons or 220 pounds, then the business does NOT qualify for the VSQG program.
If your business does not qualify for the VSQG, refer to The San Mateo County Environmental
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