Universal Waste

What is Universal Waste?

Universal waste refers to items containing mercury such as batteries, light bulbs, and electronic devices.  These items may not be placed in your trash or recycling carts/bins. 

Why is it important to dispose of Universal Waste properly?

Please properly dispose of universal waste so that toxic chemicals don’t end up in places where they can harm humans, wildlife, or the environment. 


Batteries should not go into your trash as they can leak toxic chemicals when landfilled.  It’s better to recycle them responsibly.  

Acceptable Household Batteries Include:

  • Single-Use Batteries
    • Alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt
    • Alkaline/Zinc-Carbon
    • Nickel Zinc
    • Mercury (used in hearing aids and watches)
    • Silver Oxide (used in hearing aids)
  • Rechargeable Batteries:
    • Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)
    • Nickel Metal Hydride (used in cell phones)

Household Batteries that are NOT Accepted:

  • Lithium primary (single-use) or Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries (used in some computers and cell phones)
  • Batteries generated from businesses (household sources only)

Local Drop-Off Sites for Home-Generated Batteries



Phone Number

Council District 2 Office

130 Cherry Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-2222
 Council District 3 Office 340 Nieto Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 570-8756
 Council District 8 Office 4321 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 570-1326

Council District 9 Office

6509 Gundry Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90805

(562) 570-3319

 Environmental Services Bureau 2929 E. Willow St. 
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 570-2850
Conservation Corps
of Long Beach (CCLB)
3251 E. 19th St. 
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 597-8071

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent light bulbs need to be handled with caution and disposed of responsibly. They contain a small amount of mercury in them and can pose a threat to human health if broken. Unbroken bulbs should be recycled at one of the locations below.  

CAUTION: If you should break a fluorescent bulb of any kind, evacuate the general area and follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s guide for cleaning it up.  

Expired, unbroken fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled at the following retail locations:

  • Home Depot
    Note: Home Depot accepts compact fluorescent bulbs, but not long fluorescent bulbs.
  • Lowe's 
    Note: Lowe's accepts compact fluorescent bulbs at all Long Beach stores and long fluorescent bulbs at the Bellflower Blvd. store only.

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