E-Waste Recycling

Electronic waste, or e-waste, includes all electronic products like TVs, alarm clocks, radios, small kitchen appliances, computer hardware, DVD/CD/VCR players, scanners/printers, hair dryers, cell phones, etc. In our time of rapid technological change, many of these items become outdated after just a few years and residents are left wondering how to dispose of them properly. These items are all too toxic to place in the landfill, since they contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium. Computers under five years old and other working electronics can generally be reused, so please consider donating them.

The City of Daly City also offers free e-waste collection events twice per year at our Earth Day Recycling Event in April and Make A Difference Day in October. Our next event will be on Saturday, April 21st. More details at www.dalycity.org/earthday2018. 

Items to drop-off at City-sponsored events include camcorders, cell and desk phones, chips and components, computers, connectors/cables, DVD players, fax machines, keyboards, laptops, monitors, mice, optical drives, PC boards, PDAs, printers, radios, scanners, servers, stereos, storage discs, tape and zip drives, televisions, UPS power supply units, video game consoles, and VCRs.  

Unacceptable items include lighting or household hazardous waste or batteries and household appliances such as cooktops, dishwashers, fans, floor heaters, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, freezers.

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The following locations also accept e-waste (call before visiting):

GreenCitizen: accepts e-waste, working or not, at their location in Burlingame, for more info, visit http://www.greencitizen.com/

Best Buy in Colma: accepts TVs, computers/tablets, cell phones, radios, appliances, ink & toner, rechargeable batteries, music/audio/movie equipment, video games & gadgets, cameras, and more. www.bestbuy.com/recycle

Crown Computer Recycling: No charge for anything electronic. Call ahead: (650) 591-0600. Located at 520 Bragato Road, San Carlos. 

Goodwill: accepts computers, laptops, TVs, networking equipment, and cell phones, working or not, at any Donation Center. Call ahead. 

For a full list of places to drop off e-waste, including locations in Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, and South City, visit eRecycle.org.

Use the Reduce, Reuse and Recycling Guide for San Mateo County for all of your waste-related questions!

Republic Services, our garbage company, will also accept e-waste for a fee at their office at 1680 Edgeworth Ave. You must call before dropping anything off: (650) 756-1130. 

 

Special Note on Cell Phones:

All retailers in California that sell cell phones are required to take them back free of charge from consumers. Please also consider giving a new life to your old devices and in particular your cell phones. Many organizations will get your old cell phones into the hands of people who really need them. Before donating cell phones (or computers) for reuse, just remember to delete all files on your hard drive.

Computers under five years old and other working electronics can generally be reused, so please consider donating them.