Where Do I Recycle E-Waste?

Use this directory to find organizations that recover unwanted electronics. Contact the organization ahead of time to confirm their services, hours, and any potential charges.


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What is E-Waste?

“E-waste” refers to any unwanted electronic device or Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) device and is classified as universal waste. If it has a cord, a battery, or a lamp, it is likely electronic waste. E-waste frequently contains hazardous materials, predominantly lead and mercury, and is produced by households, businesses, governments, and industries. It is illegal to dispose of these items in the trash. Instead, consumers must recycle these items or properly dispose them at a household hazardous waste collection center.

E-waste Includes:

  • TV sets with cathode ray tubes (CRTs), flatscreen liquid crystal LCD) televisions, VHS and DVD players
  • Computer towers, monitors, and laptops
  • Computer related equipment like keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, and fax machines
  • Power and extension cords, and charging stations
  • Microwaves, toaster ovens, and small appliances
  • Radios, mp3 players, and stereos
  • Smart phones, cell phones, hands-free listening devices, and other accessories
  • Cordless phones and telephone answering machines

Unwanted electronic devices should be reused or recycled. Computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic equipment should NOT be disposed of with regular garbage; in fact, this is illegal in California. Functioning electronics can be sold or donated thereby prolonging their useful life. Nonfunctioning electronics that cannot be repaired should be recycled by an organization qualified to do so.

The search feature above enables you to find organizations that recover unwanted electronics. The organizations listed in this directory are participants in the Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program established by California's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 . You should contact any of the listed organizations to determine the details of their services, hours, and any potential charges before loading up your vehicle.

Important Reminder: Many electronic products (computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc) are used to store personal information. Before donating or recycling your equipment, remember to remove all sensitive and personal information from its memory. Note that simply using your keyboard or mouse to delete files does not necessarily completely remove the information from your device’s memory. Your local software store can provide you with the necessary drive cleaning software appropriate for your system.

DISCLAIMER: The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is dedicated to providing timely and accurate information to its constituents so that solid wastes can be managed in accordance with all applicable laws and policies. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of laws and policies pertaining to the management of electronic product discards, CalRecycle cannot guarantee that organizations listed as resources within this website are in full compliance with applicable rules at all times. CalRecycle conducts ongoing efforts to determine the scope of these organizations' activities; however these may change without CalRecycle's knowledge. The inclusion or exclusion of an organization from this list does not constitute an endorsement of that organization's regulatory status or environmental performance. For additional information, please also refer to electronic waste management standards administered by the Department of Toxic Substances Control.