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Electronics and Small Appliances

Electronic waste has been banned from the trash. Electronic waste includes devices that contain concentrations of metals (lead and copper) high enough to make them hazardous when they are discarded.

Disposal Options:

Special Instructions:

  • The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities can't accept appliances larger than a microwave oven.

Non-Working Items That Are Hazardous Waste:

  • Televisions: tubes, flat screens, plasmas, or projectors
  • Computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, and computer peripherals
  • Telephones, cell phones, and answering machines
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape players, VCRs, CD/DVD players, and phonographs
  • Microwave ovens
  • Thermostats
  • Ballasts for fluorescent lamps
  • Digital clocks and MP3 music players
  • Digital cameras and video cameras
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Cathode ray tubes and devices containing CRT’s
  • String lights

Non-Working Items That Can Go In The Trash*:

These items are electrical but not electronic waste including:

  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Hair dryers and hair curlers
  • Pumps
  • Garbage disposals
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Toasters and ovens
  • Motors and fans
  • Electric heaters, coolers, and refrigerators
  • Air conditioners, stoves, ovens
  • Furnaces, water heaters
  • Clothes or dish washers, clothes dryers

*If rechargeable, remove and recycle the battery.