Electronic Waste Disposal

What is electronic waste?
E-waste is an informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” E-waste usually has a screen or a circuit board. Look for products with digital displays & programmable features. Examples include TVs, DVD players, stereos, tablets, cell phones, office equipment, computer equipment, and consumer electronics.

Why should waste electronics 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.

E-WASTE RECYCLING OPTIONS

1. Organizations accepting electronics for reuse: for residents and businesses.
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 recycling options: for residents and businesses
Use the “What should I do with?” search function at the top of this web page and search for "electronics".

Zero Waste Sonoma manages two E-Waste drop-off programs including the E-Waste events mentioned below and the Transfer Station locations. These programs will accept all items that meet the legal definition of e-waste while the privately owned locations may have certain restrictions.

3. Bulky item pickup: for residents Bulky item collection means that certain items such as mattresses, appliances, furniture and electronics that cannot fit into your garbage can or that need special handling will be picked up by appointment by your garbage company. For details, visit bulky item collection or contact your garbage company.

Note: DO NOT place electronic devices in your curbside blue bin.

2019 E-Waste Event Dates

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.

Visit the calendar to find a full list of E-Waste events. Events are free to Sonoma County residents. No appointment necessary for these events. All events held in the parking lot.

All events are 9:00 AM - 5 PM
May 3-5. Healdsburg Community Center, Healdsburg
June 7-9, Whole Foods Coddingtown, Santa Rosa
July 12-14, Lucchesi Park, Petaluma
Aug 10-11, Oakmont Community Center, Santa Rosa
Sept 13-15, Rohnert Park Community Center, Rohnert Park
Oct 4-6, Huerta Gymnasium, Windsor
Nov 8-10, Municipal Service Center, Santa Rosa
Dec 6-8, Lucchesi Park, Petaluma
Jan 3-5, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa
Jan 18-19, Oakmont Community Center, Santa Rosa
Feb 22-24, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale
Mar 13-15, Graton Fire Station, Sebastopol
April 10-12, Veterans Hall, Sonoma
April 18-19, Monte Rio Community Center, Monte Rio

ZERO WASTE SONOMA EVENTS AND TRANSFER STATIONS

We accept working and non-working equipment.

  • Televisions and monitors
  • Portable DVD players
  • Laptops/Computers/Tablets
  • Servers/Network Equipment
  • Video Game Consoles
  • VCRs/DVD players
  • Microwaves
  • Stereos/Radios/CD Players
  • Cell Phones/Telephones/Answering Machines/Fax Machines
  • Printers/Scanners/Copiers
  • Keyboards/Mice
  • Zip Drives/Hard Drives
  • Digital Cameras
  • Electronic Cables/Power Cords
  • Modems/Routers

We will not accept:

  • Furniture
  • Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Large appliances (stoves, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Batteries, light bulbs, or other hazardous waste
  • Mattresses
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Ballast/Capacitors
  • Contaminated Electronic Waste (such as medical Equipment)
  • All Wood (including wood-encased stereo speakers)
  • Solar Panels
  • Radioactive Devices (including smoke detectors and exit lights)
  • Fans
  • Vehicle Air Bags
  • Miscellaneous Household Goods (swiffers, clocks, waffle irons, irons, sanders, staplers, lamps)