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Electronics and Small Appliances

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. Electronics can be recycled at your local household hazardous waste drop-off facility for free, or at participating stores.

Disposal Options:


Hazardous Waste

Accepted non-working electronics that are hazardous waste:

  • Televisions: tubes, flat screens, plasmas, or projectors
  • Computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, and computer peripherals
  • Telephones, cell phones, and answering machines
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape players, VCRs, CD/DVD players, and phonographs
  • Microwave ovens
  • Thermostats: old mercury thermostats are hazardous waste and require proper disposal. Locate the nearest drop-off location on the Thermostat Recycling Corporation's website, click here. 
  • 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 (have a plug) but are not hazardous waste including:

  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Hair dryers and hair curlers
  • Pumps
  • Garbage disposals
  • Vacuum cleaners*
  • Toasters

*If rechargeable, remove and recycle the battery.