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Business Hazardous Waste Disposal Information
DTSC: Universal Waste Information

Does your business have hazardous waste?

Do you have leftover paint, pesticides, cleaning products, automotive fluids or other chemicals? These items are illegal to throw in the trash and must be disposed of properly to protect human health and the environment. Businesses that generate small amounts of hazardous waste may be eligible to participate in Yolo County’s Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill.

Please note: Businesses may NOT bring their hazardous waste to Yolo County’s household hazardous waste drop-off days at the landfill. These programs are operated by Yolo County and are for residential generated batteries ONLY. Businesses may use the Yolo County Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program to dispose of their hazardous waste.

Does your business have electronics, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, batteries, and other mercury-containing devices)?

By State law, these items, known as Universal Waste, are illegal to throw away in the trash.

Businesses can recycle their their electronics at the Yolo County Central Landfill, fees apply. Visit the Yolo landfill website for details.

Businesses can dispose of their fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and other mercury-containing devices through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Program at the Yolo County Central Landfill, through a private company that is licensed to handle universal waste, or via a mail-back program.

Businesses may NOT bring their batteries to the battery collection sites around Davis, nor can they bring their hazardous waste or universal waste to Yolo County’s household hazardous waste drop-off days at the landfill. These programs are operated by Yolo County and are for residential generated wastes ONLY.

More information on Universal waste

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury that can pollute the environment and contaminate groundwater. Broken tubes and bulbs in a trash can or dumpster can create clouds of mercury vapor that can linger around the area for hours, exposing anyone nearby to the harmful chemical. Information about what to do if a fluorescent bulb breaks.

Some universal wastes, like mercury fever thermometers and other devices that contain liquid mercury, are hazardous because they contain enough mercury to pose a health risk. Mercury containing items include: mercury thermostats, mercury switches. mercury thermometers and mercury-added novelties (including practical joke items, figurines, jewelry, toys, games, greeting cards that play music, ornaments, yard statues and figures, candles, holiday decorations, and shoes with lights). In 2003, the California Mercury Reduction Act banned sale of mercury-added novelties in this state, but some people still have them in their homes. More information about items that may contain mercury.

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