It is illegal to put electronics in the trash. According to CalRecycle,
"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."
E-Waste consists of the following:
Cathode Ray Tubes, Cell Phones, Computer Monitors, Computer Peripherals, Computers, Copy Machines, Electronics, Printers, Faxes, Satellite Dishes, Telephones, TVs, VCRs, and Video Games.
The following is a list of places you can recycle your e-waste.
Note: Not all facilities accept all types of E Waste.
CalRecycle provides a list of facilities participating in the Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program in Alameda County.
StopWaste.org provides a list sorted by the type of device.
- A2T: Basically only accepts working Macintosh equipment. Call for details.
A GiGi's E-Waste: A GiGi's E-Waste Collection provides a free pick-ups and drop-off by appointment only.
- AT&T Wireless Store: Drop-off only, cell phones only.
- A to Z Recycling Services: FREE pick up and delivery in most cases.
- Best Buy: Drop-off only, call to see what you can bring.
- Cartridge World: Call for prices. Refill is approximately half of what you would pay for a new cartridge.
5940 College Ave
510 428 9500
Civicorps Schools (FKA East Bay Conservation Corps): services not listed, call first.6315 San Leandro St
Phone: (510) 992-7800
- East Bay Recycling: Fee depends on quality and quantity. Accepting electronics (TVs, VCRs, cell phones, computers, etc.) for recycling
Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay: Note, website states that Goodwill only accepts working appliances, however I have asked in person and they will recycle non-working appliances.1301 30th Ave
Phone: (510) 698-7200
Goodwill Oakland Store: Note, website states that Goodwill only accepts working appliances, however I have asked in person and they will recycle non-working appliances
6624 San Pablo Ave
- Le Van Le- no details listed, call or email first
Primary Email Address
2119 45th Ave Oakland, CA 94601 Alameda County
- Mobius Computers: Details of what they do and do not recycle: "What we recycle"
- Oakland Technology Exchange West: This is a non-profit for the school district of Oakland. Accepts used computers and parts (preferably working pentiums and above) for distribution to classrooms in the district. Will pickup small amounts (15-20 systems), also allows dropoffs, but please call or email first to assure acceptance. Also refurbishes non-working computers.
- Office Depot: Accepts -Batteries - (Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Li-ion), Batteries - Rechargeable, Ink Jet Cartridges (All brands, cartridges only.), Printers/Faxes (working or non working), Toner/Laser Cartridges (All brands, cartridges only.)
Radio Shack stores: -Batteries - (Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Li-ion)
-Batteries - Rechargeable
-Cellular Telephones (non-working) (Only if a new one is purchased through Radio Shack.)
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (Oakland): nothing on Website, call first.601 Webster St
Phone: (510) 451-4514
- Standard Iron and Metal: Electronics (non-working) (Scrap electronic devices, no copiers. TVs, computer monitors, and CPUs only. No buyback for these items, but free drop-off.)
- St Vincent de Paul: e-pickups or drops offs at retail stores.
- Super Link Plastics: mainly for organizations, call for details.
Address: 888 92nd Ave, Oakland Ca 94603
- Universal Waste Management: Call for services and rates.
721 37th Ave
- Verizon Wireless: Drop-off only, Working cell phones only.
- Green Citizen: Cell phones, laptop computers and batteries, ink cartridges and CDs/DVDs. (no batteries), no charge.
Attn: Mail-in Recycling Program
1576 Rollins RoadBurlingame, CA 94010