Battery, Fluorescent, and “Universal Waste” Disposal in Berkeley/Oakland

In 2006 a law was passed requiring all of us to recycle or properly dispose of “universal waste.” Universal waste includes common household items that can be hazardous to people and the environment, and that can lead to groundwater contamination from chemicals such as mercury, lead, acid, zinc, cadmium, or other corrosive and flammable toxins. Below is a guide to the proper disposal of these items.

Contact information:

Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW)

Community Conservation Center (CCC)

Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC)

Berkeley Transfer Station

Art’s Automotive


  • 4400 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA
    Phone 510-420-4532
    Hours: Sun-Fri 10am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 9pm

Low Cost Appliances

  • 6451 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA
    (510) 658-4404
    Drop-off: Call for acceptance.

For the most up to date information, call the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 510-670-6460.