Electronic Waste

Overview


The following electronics often contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and chromium:
  • Calculators
  • Cell phones
  • Compact disc players
  • Computers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Stereo equipment
  • Telephones
  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • VCRs
To prevent these materials from polluting our groundwater, streams, and wildlife, the State of California has made it illegal to place electronic items in the garbage. See a complete list of wastes that may not be disposed of in your garbage can and get more information about their safe disposal and recycling from the Santa Clara County's Household Hazardous Waste website or print out our E-Waste Brochure (PDF) - a handy guide to the proper disposal of electronic waste.

Local Disposal Options for Electronics


  • Electronic items (including cell phones) are accepted at Pacific Coat Recycling at 5895 Obata Way in Gilroy. Call 408-848-6811 if you are not sure if they will accept your item. Please be aware that there is a charge to drop off some consumer electronics due to disposal costs.
  • Call the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste program at 408-299-7300.
  • Any retailer that sells cell phones is required by law to accept and recycle old cell phones.

Local Options for TV's & Computer Monitors


  • Bring them to the San Martin Transfer Station at 14070 Llagas Avenue, San Martin. There is a fee; call 408-842-3358 for more information.
  • Bring them to Pacific Coast Recycling, a California Certified E-Waste collector, at 5895 Obata Way in Gilroy. Please be aware that there is a charge to drop off some consumer electronics due to disposal costs.