Batteries, Bulbs, Mercury

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Universal Waste (batteries, fluorescent lights, etc.)

Some common household items, collectively referred to as “universal waste,” are toxic or environmentally harmful. It is illegal to dispose of universal waste items in the trash.  Safely dispose of universal waste with these tips:


For AAA, AA, C, D button cell, 9-volt and rechargeable batteries:

  • Tape the positive terminal of household batteries (alkaline & lithium) and place them into a clear plastic bag on top of you blue recycling cart
  • Contact WM At Your Door Services at or (800) 449-7587.
  • Drop-off your batteries at:
    • Batteries N' Bulbs - 111 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Fluorescent Lights

For compact bulbs (CFLs) and linear, circular, spiral and U-bent tubes:

  • Place them in a sealed plastic bag on top of their blue recycling cart
  • Call WM at Your Door Services - or (800) 449-7587.
  • Drop-off lights at:
    • Home Depot (CFLs only) - 975 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose
    • Batteries Plus Bulbs - 3410 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose, CA, 95117

Mercury Thermometers

Drop-off thermometers at:

  • West Valley College Student Health Services - 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga
  • De Anza College Student Health Services - 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
  • WM At Your Door Services - or (800) 449-7587