Electronic Waste Needs Special Handling

New Requirements

Under new hazardous waste requirements, certain electronics related waste may no longer be disposed of in landfills. By law, many materials must now be handled separately. To avoid violations consumers and businesses must hold aside batteries and various electronic waste for periodic disposal at an appropriate recycling center.

The following items can not be thrown into residential or commercial trash bins or carts. Always set these items aside as you would dangerous chemical wastes. Improper disposal can pose serious hazards.

  • Batteries (Carbon-zinc and alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt), rechargeable (nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, and small sealed lead used in security system alarms, computers and toy vehicles))
  • Mercuric oxide and silver oxide (Button-type batteries used in watches, calculators, and hearing aids)
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Fluorescent lamps (Tubes and compact types)
  • Novelty items that contain batteries (Singing greeting cards, flashing athletic shoes, jewelry)
  • Cell and cordless phones

All of these items should be taken to the local County of Orange Household Hazardous Waste facility located at 1071 N. Blue Gum Street in Anaheim, CA. The County of Orange has expanded operating hours to accommodate these new items. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions, call 714-834-6752.

Schedule a Removal

Under a recent E-waste program, Brea residents can now schedule for proper removal of certain household electronic items. The items below that are marked with an asterisk can be placed in a specially scheduled Tuesday pickups. Simply call Brea Disposal's Customer Service line at 714-238-2444 to make an appointment to be included.

  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs such as televisions, computer monitors)
  • Consumer electronic devices (flat-panel TVs and monitors)
  • Computers (CPUs), keyboards
  • Game consoles
  • Stereos
  • Microwaves
  • Any items containing circuit boards