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E-Waste Recycling

What is e-waste?

E-waste, short for Electronic Waste, is the category of waste that is entirely made up of electronics, and includes old computers, phones, and radios.

Is it dangerous?

E-waste is dangerous if it reaches the landfill because it leaches heavy and toxic metals into our environment and ground water. For this reason, it is illegal to put e-waste in your curbside trash or recycling bin.

Can e-waste be reduced?

E-waste can be reduced only if electronics production is reduced. Given current trends (hello, iPad), this is unlikely. However, if you own a device that you are thinking about getting rid of, check to see if it still works. A device that isn’t on its last legs probably can be reused by someone else, meaning that it’s one less device that has to be shredded or smashed. 

I have e-waste. Where do I take it?

You can drop off some types of e-waste at Solana Center! Businesses in coastal North County can request an e-waste pick-up at no charge during our monthly events. Check out our events calendar to see when the next one is. There may also be stores and e-waste collection events in your area. If you have working electronics that you no longer need, try donating them to Goodwill or another thrift store.