In California, it is illegal to put electronic equipment in the trash. Many electronic devices contain toxic chemicals that can leak from the landfill and contaminate groundwater and soil. Electronic devices are those that have a computer inside or a digital display.
- Electronic waste can be recycled at all Alameda County Hazardous Waste Facilities and One-Day Events.
- Search our RE:Source guide for other recycling locations.
Alternatives to Disposal: Reuse and Repair
Please note that the HHW Facilities will recycle and/or safely dispose of all accepted electronic items that are dropped off, but they do not repair, refurbish, or donate working electronics. For the highest and best use, please consider repairing broken items or donating working electronics for reuse rather than disposing of them. For more information, check out our Re:Source guide.
Accepted Non-working Electronic Items:
Televisions: tubes, flat screens, plasmas, or projectors
Cathode ray tubes and devices containing CRT’s
Computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, and computer peripherals
Cords & cables; string lights
Telephones, cell phones, and answering machines
Stereo equipment, radios, tape players, VCRs, CD/DVD players, and phonographs
- Robot vacuums
Electronic ballasts for fluorescent lamps
Digital clocks and MP3 music players
Digital cameras and video cameras
- Electronic toys & games
Find repair, reuse, and disposal options in RE:Source Guide.
- Refrigerators or dehumidifiers with refrigerants
- Large appliances (air conditioners, stoves, heaters, etc.)
Not Hazardous and Not Accepted:
Small "electrical" items and appliances that have a plug but no computer or digital display are not hazardous waste. Find repair and reuse options for small appliances (working and non-working) in RE:Source Guide. Broken small appliances* may go into the garbage, including:
- Lamps and light fixtures
- Hair dryers and hair curlers
- Garbage disposals
- Vacuum cleaners
*If rechargeable, remove and recycle the battery.