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.

(510) 393-6242

info@a2t.org

The Alameda County Computer Resource Center - not in Oakland, (it's in Berkeley!) but still useful.

(510) 943-2161

jjones@atozrecycling.us

  • 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

ken@cartridgeworld-eastbay.com

  • 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

(510) 281-8234

(510) 281-8234

  • 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

(510) 428-4911

1-888-876-0790
Email: recycle@mobiuscomputers.com

  • 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. 

(510) 893-4822

otxwest@yahoo.com

  • 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.)

3010 E. 9th St.

(510) 534-2355

  • 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.)

(510) 482-5432
 

4525 San Leandro St

(510) 535-0222

info@standardiron.net

510/638-7600

Phone: 510-568-1086
Email: info@superlinkusa.com
Address: 888 92nd Ave, Oakland Ca 94603

888.832.9839

721 37th Ave

  • Verizon Wireless: Drop-off only, Working cell phones only.

Mail-In Recycling:

  • Green Citizen:  Cell phones, laptop computers and batteries, ink cartridges and CDs/DVDs. (no batteries), no charge.

Mail to:

GreenCitizen, Inc.

Attn: Mail-in Recycling Program

1576 Rollins RoadBurlingame, CA 94010