For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Nabil Al-Hadithy, Hazardous Materials Manager, (510) 981-7460

New Laws on How to Dispose of Electronics, Batteries, other Hazardous Materials

Berkeley, California (Friday, February 10, 2006) - As of February 9, 2006, it is against the law to dispose of “Universal Waste” in your common trash receptacle.  Universal Waste comprises items that contain low levels of hazardous materials, and includes fluorescent lights, household batteries and certain types of electronic waste (televisions, computer monitors and related computer peripherals). The City of Berkeley urges its residents to follow this law and recycle these items properly.  Access any of these City websites:


These sites detail where Universal Waste is accepted for proper recycling.  Links to detailed instructions for the proper handling of Universal Waste are also shown.