Stereo Equipment Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Hazardous Waste Junk Pickup E-Waste As e-waste, stereo equipment can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. The City’s Junk Pickup Program takes stereo components as well. Select “other” for items not on the list. If your items are in good condition, consider donating them. Never Throw in the Garbage Stereo equipment contains toxic chemicals that can leach into the environment, so never throw them in the garbage. Small electronics contain chemicals such as brominated flame retardants, mercury, cadmium and lead, which can pollute waterways. Alternative Ways to Recycle Staples Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including stereo receivers and other electronics. They do not accept large speakers. Locate the nearest Staples.