Generally, universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are generated by a wide variety of people every day. Universal waste may not be discarded in solid waste landfills. Scientists at DTSC have found that these wastes will leak toxic substances, mostly metals, in a typical landfill. Some examples of universal waste include:
Fluorescent tubes (lamps)
Electronic devices (cell phones, computers, televisions) and
Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) (computer monitors, televisions)
Mercury wastes (thermometers and dial type thermostats)
Non-empty aerosol cans
May not be put in the trash
If I can’t throw this stuff in the trash how do I get rid of it?
Many local government agencies run programs that help households and small businesses recycle or properly dispose of their hazardous wastes.
Some retailers will collect certain universal wastes, such as batteries, electronics, and fluorescent light tubes.