Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
E-waste includes items such as computers, monitors, television sets, radios, printers, fax machines, and other electronic devices. It is illegal to dispose of e-waste into your regular trash can. E-waste can be taken to a variety of places for safe disposal. First, e-waste can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the San Juan Landfill (see Household Hazardous Materials Collection Facilities) for FREE. Second, residents can take their e-waste to a Tri-Annual Bulky Item Disposal and Recycling Event for FREE. Third, residential cart customers may call CR&R for a bulky-item pickup. Last, residents may donate their e-waste to Goodwill of Orange County. Call (800) 4GOODWILL or visit Goodwill's website. Goodwill will accept E-Waste whether it is in working condition or not. Please call (949) 248-3571 or visit CalRecycle's website to learn more about how to dispose of e-waste properly.
Universal Waste (U-Waste)
U-waste is a separate category of household hazardous waste that includes batteries, fluorescent light tubes, thermometers, other items that contain small amounts of mercury, and SHARPS containers. It is illegal to dispose of these items into your regular waste container. These items must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at the San Juan Capistrano Landfill. U-waste can be dropped off for FREE at the facility. Dana Point residents may also call CR&R to schedule a bulky item pickup for some U-Waste items. Visit CalRecycle's website for more information.
Small Batteries and Cell phones
The City collects household batteries, cell phones, and CFL Bulbs from residents in the Household Battery and CFL Bulb kiosks at the building counter lobby (across from Suite 203), located at City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629. Car batteries are considered Household Hazardous Waste and may be disposed of for FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in San Juan Capistrano or by contacting CR&R for a HHW Curbside Pick-Up, also free of charge to Dana Point residents (more information on CR&R's HHW Pick-Up Program). Each battery or cell phone must be placed in an individual plastic bag. Bags are located near the box for convenience. Small household batteries, CFL bulbs and cell phones are also collected at the City's Tri-Annual Bulky Item Clean Up Days. Please call (949) 248-3571 for more information.
Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFL) Collection and Recycling Program
Did you know? If every American home replaced just one light with an Energy Star qualified CFL bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, about $700 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars per year.
Unfortunately, CFL bulbs contain mercury and cannot be disposed of in your regular trash. In an effort to facilitate the disposal of CFL's and encourage the practice of environmental responsibility, the City of Dana Point has partnered with Mercury Disposal Systems, Inc. (MDS) to provide collection centers at City Hall located at the building public counter at 33282 Golden Lantern (across from Suite 203) and at Dana Point Hardware located at 24422 Del Prado. Please call (949) 248-3571 for more information.
All of these items (E-Waste and U-Waste) can be also picked up from your home by calling CR&R at (877) 728-0446. This service is provided free of charge to Dana Point residents.