Why should e-waste be recycled?
Electronic devices contain a variety of materials, including metals that can be recovered for recycling. Recycling your waste electronics saves resources because new metals don't have to be mined.

In addition, electronic devices contain high enough levels of certain materials, such as lead, that render them hazardous waste when disposed. Hazardous wastes cannot be disposed of in the garbage.


  1. Donate e-waste for reuse
    If your item is working and can be reused, consider donation. Search "ELECTRONICS" in the "What should I do with?" section of this website.

  2. Drop-off e-waste for recycling at participating locations
    Search "ELECTRONICS" in the "What should I do with?" section of this website.

  3. Drop-off e-waste for recycling at monthly ZERO WASTE SONOMA FREE E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENTS
    See dates on this page or visit calendar of events

    See list on this page for acceptable and unacceptable electronic devices.

  4. Drop-off e-waste for free at County Refuse Disposal Sites
    See list on this page for acceptable and unacceptable electronic devices.

  5. Arrange for bulky item curbside pickup with your residential hauling company. For details, visit bulky item collection or contact your garbage hauling company.


To make it more convenient for residents and businesses to dispose of their working/non-working electronics, Zero Waste Sonoma is partnering with Conservation Corp North Bay to conduct free electronics collection events.

No appointment necessary for these events. All events held in the parking lot. All events are 9A - 5P

January 18-19, 2020
Oakmont Community Center, Santa Rosa

February 21-23, 2020
Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale

March 13-15, 2020
Graton Fire Station, Sebastopol

April 10-12, 2020
Veterans Hall, Sonoma

April 18-19, 2020
Monte Rio Community Center, Monte Rio

For E-waste events and County Refuse Disposal Sites

The following lists items accepted and not accepted at Zero Waste Sonoma monthly e-waste events and at County Refuse Disposal Sites. Other e-waste collection sites may have different criteria than listed below.

Acceptable e-waste for recycling:

  • Answering machines
  • CD players
  • Cell phones
  • Copiers
  • CRT monitor
  • CRT television
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • DVD players
  • Electronic cables
  • Fax machines
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards/mice
  • Laptop computers
  • LCD monitor
  • LCD television
  • LED monitors
  • LED televisions
  • Microwaves
  • Modems/routers
  • Network equipment
  • Plasma monitor
  • Plasma television
  • Portable DVD player
  • Power cords
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Rear projection and DLP TVs
  • Scanners
  • Servers
  • Stereos
  • Tablets
  • Telecom equipment
  • Telephones
  • VCRs
  • Video games consoles
  • Zip drives

Unacceptable e-waste for recycling:

  • Appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, water heaters, air conditioner
  • Ballasts/capacitors
  • Batteries other than those in electronic devices
  • Battery powered consumer products such as power tools, toys, tooth brushes, cordless power tools
  • Contaminated electronic waste such as medical equipment
  • Fans
  • Gas cylinders (propane, etc)
  • Gas powered lawn equipment
  • Household hazardous waste (pesticides, aerosols, cleaners)
  • Lamps and light bulbs
  • Medical equipment (can be accepted on a case-by-case basis)
  • Mercury containing items (thermostats, switches)
  • Miscellaneous household goods such as Swiffers™, clocks, waffle irons, irons, sanders, staplers, lamps
  • Non-electronic items such as CDs, VHS Tapes, DVDs, memory sticks and floppy discs