Residential 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.
Electronics are not the only common household materials that cannot be disposed of in the trash! Paint, cleaners and poisons are several examples of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). For more information on HHW, and how to dispose of it properly, please visit our Household Hazardous Waste page.
Residential Disposal Information
Universal Waste (except household batteries) will not be picked up at the curb, in twice-annual cleanups, special pickups, or debris boxes. However, there are programs in place for San Bruno residents to properly dispose of these materials. They include the following:
Recology San Bruno Drop-Off Program
San Bruno residents can bring Universal Waste to the Recology San Bruno Transfer Station at 101 Tanforan Avenue on Saturdays from 8:00am to 3:00pm, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm (noon).
NOTE: Electronics are subject to a recycling fee. However, at this time, there is no charge for San Bruno residents to drop off the other Universal Wastes listed above. Please contact us for more information.
Household Battery Collection
San Bruno residents can place household batteries in a clear plastic bag and set on top of their recycling container for collection by Recology San Bruno. Battery Bags may still be for free at the Public Works Engineering counter, located at San Bruno City Hall, 567 El Camino Real.
Goodwill Donation Centers
Goodwill has a free drop-off program for computer monitors, televisions and cell phones. For more information, contact Goodwill at 1-888-4GOODWILL or visit www.sfgoodwill.org.
Lowe's Offers Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Recycling to Residents
Lowe's stores locally and nationally are accepting CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) for recycling at no charge.
For drop-Off in San Bruno: 1340 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066