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 Westside Recycling at 16290 Railroad Avenue in Morgan Hill. Call 408-782-2555 if you are not sure if they will accept your item.
  • 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 Westside Recycling, a California Certified E-Waste collector, at 16290 Railroad Avenue in Morgan Hill. There is a fee.