California's Electronic Recycling Act enacted legislation that made it illegal to dispose of any device with a circuit board into the garbage. E-waste is any consumer product which contains a circuit board, mercury thermostat or has an electronic screen larger than 4 inches. Just because it has an electrical cord does not make it e-waste requiring special handling! For example an old crock pot or waffle iron with an electrical cord and a light is not e-waste and should be disposed in trash if no longer usable.
Includes: musical greeting cards, televisions, computers and monitors, VCR/DVD players, cell phones, answering machines, fax machines, digital cameras, electronic space heaters, thermostats, toys, or any consumer electronic devices.
Excludes: appliances containing freon or other refrigerants such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezer. these appliances may be handled differently or require fees for recycling. Check with Recology at (650) 967-3034.
Warning: Please do not put e-waste in garbage or recycling containers because their lead, copper, mercury or chromium components can pollute the environment. They are banned from disposal (garbage) but may be safely disposed through the programs listed below. Please do not abandon wastes--contact Recology for solutions.
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What Happens to the E-Waste?
All e-waste collected by Recology or taken to the SMaRT Station are properly handled to destroy information on them before being recycled for metals and plastics. All data-containing devices, such as computers, laptops, hard drives, and disks are punch-pressed or shredded or crushed to destroy data and protect privacy. No whole items are reused or shipped overseas. However, you should delete or reformat cell phones before recycling.
This program is for residents subscribed to curbside service (individual carts). Residents living in apartments with shared trash and recycling pay a lower trash rate than homes--please contact Recology for special (fee) collection.
Recology Mountain View will pick up e-waste devices in the On Call Plus Clean Up by Appointment program for residents subscribed to curbside service (individual carts). Contact Recology for an appointment at 650-967-3034. Appointments may be exchanged with a Voucher to SMaRT Station.
There is no fee for this curbside program, but you must box all small items like cell phones (remove the data card), cameras, calculators, etc. Please write "e-waste" on the box and set it with other large e-waste items away from the rest of the clean up materials. Different trucks are used to collect garbage, recycling, yard trimmings, bulky goods, and e-waste.
The following e-waste items are accepted:
SMaRT Station is a municipal transfer station operated by the City of Sunnyvale in partnership with Mountain View and Palo Alto. The SMaRT Station is located at 301 Carl Road in Sunnyvale. Call (408-752-8530) for more information or view information online.
Although we have provided a variety of ways above to help you properly dispose of these hazardous items, the costs are ultimately born by local government and ratepayers instead of by the manufacturers who produce the goods and the retailers who sell them. As a consumer you can help drive product stewardship by making informed decisions about the products you purchase, patronizing businesses with take-back programs, and encouraging manufacturers to make consumer goods with less toxicity and more recyclability. For more information on what you can do, visit California Product Stewardship Council at http://www.calpsc.org/.