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.
- Electronic waste can be recycled at all Alameda County Hazardous Waste facilities.
- Search our RE:Source guide for other locations.
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
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
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
- Garbage disposals
- Vacuum cleaners*
*If rechargeable, remove and recycle the battery.