According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, electronic discards, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream. In addition, some researchers estimate that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage, in part because of the uncertainty of how to properly dispose of these items.
As technology quickly evolves and new products are outdated almost as soon as they are available for purchase, the need for proper and safe disposal of e-waste is apparent. If products are still in working order or need minor repairs, they should be donated to a school, library, charity or church. If they are broken and need to be disposed of, there are several disposal options in San Diego County - do not place e-waste with your household trash.
Certain materials, particularly metals, in electronic devices can be salvaged and recycled, and proper handling of e-waste ensures that no harmful materials such as lead will contaminate our landfills or water supply.
- Cell phones, PDAs, pagers
- Computer monitors
- Computer software disks
- Laptop computers
- Printers/scanners/fax machines
- Stereos/radios/MP3 players or iPods
- Telephones/answering machines
- Televisions (including plasma and LCD)
- VCRs/DVD players
- Video game consoles
Disposal of E-waste
Note: We are now able to accept TVs or computer monitors as bulky items. Please contact customer service at (619) 596-5100 to arrange to have them picked up. You may also take TVs and computer monitor to Waste Management's Recycling Center at 925 O'Conner St. in El Cajon, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. TVs, laptop computers, computer monitors or other items with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) can be disposed of for free; other e-waste such as fax machines or stereos can be safely disposed of for 50 cents per pound.
For other resources on reusing and recycling electronic products, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/collection or http://www.erecycle.org.