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Universal waste (U-waste) is a type of hazardous waste that is commonly generated by residents and businesses, as well the campus when working under normal circumstances. U-waste is very common and poses a lower risk to people and the environment than other hazardous wastes. It is regulated under California's "Universal Waste Rule," which requires the recycling* of most types of U-waste.
Examples of Universal Waste
- Common Batteries (AA, AAA, C-cells, D-cells and button cell batteries)
- Electronic Devices such as: Computer and television monitors, wireless phones, computer processing units, printers, VCRs and microwave ovens
- Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs
- High intensity discharge lamps
- Mercury switches
- Mercury thermometers
- Mercury thermostats
- Non-empty aerosol cans
How should I dispose of my U-waste (At CSUSM)?
- If you have a U-waste (batteries) that need to be disposed of, please contact RM&S and will properly dispose of it. You can bring it to our suite in Craven Hall, Suite 4700 and drop it off in our battery disposal container.
How should I dispose of my U-waste (at home/business)?
- If you have a U-waste at home there are many electronic waste and household hazardous waste events that are held by the county, cities and organizations. While we cannot keep up to date for every event held in the county, below are a few online resources that provide locations for events where you can safely dispose of your U-waste.
- Environmental Protection Agency - Universal Waste Information/Regulations
- Electronics Recycling - California Integrated Waste Management Board
For additional information, please call the Risk Management & Safety office at - 760-750-4511.