Universal Waste

“Universal Waste” includes a variety of hazardous materials generated from a broad range of sources. These items are banned from landfills and it is against the law to dispose of these items as garbage. Common examples are:

  • Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Common household batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable)
  • Pilot light sensors
  • Old thermostats
  • Mercury devices (thermometers, gauges, electrical switches and relays)
  • Electronic devices
  • Non-empty aerosol cans
  • Microwaves


These items can be disposed of at the Yolo County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days for free. Used batteries and fluorescent bulbs are also accepted at several locations. See below for a list of locations.


  • City Hall – 300 First St
  • Community & Senior Center – 2001 East St
  • County Admin. Bldg. – 625 Court St
  • County Health Dept. – 137 N Cottonwood St    
  • Corner Drug Store – 602 Main St
  • Home Depot – 1860 E Main St
  • Municipal Services Center – 655 N Pioneer Ave
  • Nugget Market – 157 Main St
  • Orchard Supply Hardware – 1350 E Main St
  • Presbyterian Church – 1324 Columbia Dr
  • Sears – 427 Main St
  • Target – 2185 Bronze Star Dr
  • True Value – 345 W Main St
  • Waste Management – 1324 Paddock Place
  • Yolo County Central Landfill - 44090 County Road 28H 


  • Orchard Supply Hardware - 1350 E Main St
  • Sherwin-Williams Paint Store - 1392 E Main St
  • Yolo County Central Landfill - 44090 County Road 28H

  • Green Zone Recycling Center - 225 Industrial Way
  • Orchard Supply Hardware - 1350 E Main St
  • Home Depot - 1860 E Main St
  • Yolo County Central Landfill  - 44090 County Road 28H 


Correctly disposing of household hazardous waste is not just preferable for environmental reasons, it’s the law. Yolo County offers free monthly HHW drop-off days at the Yolo County Central Landfill. For drop-off dates, a list of items accepted and more information, check out the HHW Flyer or visit the Yolo County Landfill website.

Can’t wait until the next Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day? Yolo County residents can now drop off batteries, bulbs and latex paint DAILY at the Yolo County Central Landfill for $2.00. Whether it is 1 bulb or 50 bulbs, 3 gallons of paint or 10…it’s all still $2.00. Call (530) 666-8729 for details.

See links below for more information and local recycling opportunities.


Program Support:
Yolo County Integrated Waste Management Division: (530) 666-8852
City of Woodland Conservation Coordinator: (530) 661-2059
E-mail: recycle@cityofwoodland.org