Electronic Waste (also known as e-waste) requires special disposal due to various toxic and hazardous chemicals that can be harmful if not disposed of properly. It is against the law to place e-waste in your garbage or recycling containers.
Most electronics contain hazardous materials that are dangerous to human health, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, barium, and lithium. Dispose of e-waste properly by scheduling a drop-off appointment with the Santa Clara County Household Hazardous Waste Program. The items listed below are not a comprehensive list of all e-waste. Most electronic items will be accepted in County’s hazardous waste program.
Some e-waste, such as wheelchairs, is accepted through the City’s Junk Pickup Program with collection at your residence. Reference the List of Acceptable Junk Items.
Help reduce waste by repairing or upgrading your device to extend its life. If you no longer wish to keep it, consider selling it, using trade-in opportunities or donating to an organization that accepts e-waste.
For e-waste that is no longer functional, other disposal options can be identified by searching RecycleStuff.org or calling the Santa Clara County Recycling Hotline: (800) 533-8414. A live person will be available for help Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.