Universal Waste (Batteries & Electronic Waste)

What is Universal Waste?

Household batteries are a form of Universal WasteDue to changes in state law, after February 8, 2006, batteries, electronic devices, fluorescent light bulbs and other items, called universal waste, should not be placed in your regular trash. Click here for a list of items that can no longer be placed in your trash can.

Universal waste is a category of hazardous wastes that are generated by several sectors of society, rather than a single industry or type of business. Hazardous waste contain harmful chemicals, which, if put in your trash may harm people and the environment.

How do I dispose of universal waste items such as household batteries?
It's easy. Here is what the City of Roseville has to offer for easy and convenient disposal (click below for more information):

  1. Drop off your dead batteries at participating retail stores.
  2. Call us and we'll pick it up at your house.
  3. Drive to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off site.

Roseville’s Battery Drop-Off Program. Drop off your dead batteries at participating retail stores.

Look for a battery drop-off tube like this at a store near you!

The City’s Environmental Utilities Department and the Saxton Family Foundation are currently working with local grocery and home improvement stores to place household battery drop-off tubes at store entrances. The drop-off tubes are designed to safely hold dead household batteries and will be emptied and maintained by city staff. The emphasis of our new battery disposal program is to make complying with the new state regulations easy and convenient for our residents by placing these drop-off tubes in the businesses where our residents shop.

More battery drop-off locations will be added over the next few months as stores begin to participate in the program.

The following locations now have battery drop-off tubes:

Bel Air Supermarket located at 1039 Sunrise Ave., Roseville
Raley’s located at 1915 Douglas Blvd., Roseville
Wal-Mart located at 1400 Lead Hill Rd., Roseville
Bel-Air Supermarket located at 4008 Foothills Blvd., Roseville
Savemart Supermarket located at 5060 Foothills Blvd., Roseville
Ace Hardware located at 108-A Harding Blvd., Roseville
Winco Foods located at 10151 Fairway Dr., Roseville
Walmart located at 900 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville
Staples located at 6770 Stanford Ranch Rd., Roseville
O'Reillys located at 106 Harding Blvd., Roseville
Civic Center located at 311 Vernon St., Roseville
Radio Shack located at 920 Pleasant Grove Blvd. #120, Roseville
Johnson Ranch Racquet Club located at 2600 Eureka Rd., Roseville
Johnson Ranch Racquet Club located at 2501 Eureka Rd., Roseville
Fry's Electronics located at 180 N. Sunrise, Roseville
Raley's located at 4051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd, Roseville

Roseville's free hazardous and electronic waste pick-up service. Call us and we'll pick it up at your house.

On August 14, 2006, the City of Roseville Environmental Utilities Department began providing a free hazardous and electronic waste pick-up service for Roseville residents. Residents simply call 774-5780 to schedule a pick-up time at their home. Pick-ups can occur as often as once a month. 

Universal Waste Items Accepted

  • Common Household Batteries and button batteries like those found in hearing aids
  • Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs and Other Mercury-Containing Lamps
  • Older Thermostats that contain mercury
  • Electrical Switches and Relays
  • Pilot Light Sensors
  • Mercury Gauges
  • Mercury Added Novelties like greeting cards that play music when opened
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Electronic Waste
  • Electronic items such as televisions, computers, computer monitors and printers
  • Printers, VCR’s, stereos, cell phones, telephones and radios
  • Automotive Waste
  • Motor Oil, Motor Oil Filters and Automotive Batteries
  • Cooking Fats, Oils and Grease - must be sealed in a plastic container and marked
  • Water heaters

Need to properly dispose of an old smoke detector?  Click here to find out how.

City of Roseville
Solid Waste Division
(916) 774-5780


Drive to the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off site.

Electronic waste may be brought to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority’s (WPWMA) Material Recovery Facility (MRF) ANY DAY of the week FREE of charge. The MRF’s hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week.

Other universal waste items, such as batteries, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, etc., are accepted at the WPWMA’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, which is open seven days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These items are accepted FREE of charge from Placer County residents ONLY.

Both the WPWMA MRF and HHW facilities are located at 3195 Athens Road , near the corner of Fiddyment and Athens Roads, one mile west of Thunder Valley Casino.

For more details about the Material Recovery Facility’s waste acceptance policies please visit their website at http://www.wpwma.com/ or call 543-3960.