Solar panels

Solar Panel Pilot Project

Zero Waste Sonoma recently received a grant from CalRecycle to host up to 6 solar panel collection events in Sonoma County. This is the only public drop-off program available for solar panels at this time. Collection events will be listed below as they become available.

The events are open for residents of Sonoma County and an appointment is required. No panels from businesses or other counties will be accepted. Email ZWS-SolarRecycling@Sonoma-County.org for more information.

Solar Panel Waste

The Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) recently developed regulations for managing spent solar panels as Universal Waste, a category of Hazardous Waste. Solar panels that qualify as Universal Waste must be managed as hazardous and cannot be sent to the landfill, local e-waste collection sites, or in any curbside bins.

Currently, there are no local entities that accept solar panel waste from the general public (except for the events mentioned above). Please contact your solar installer or manufacturer for advice regarding expanding the longevity of your existing panels or for recycling opportunities. If your panels are still in working condition, consider donating them to Habitat For Humanity Restore or selling them on online donation platforms such as Craigslist, Nextdoor, or Facebook Marketplace.

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See Materials exchange programs for online donation platforms such as Craigslist, Nextdoor, etc.

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Locations

Location pin Solar Panel Collection Event - Sonoma

DateApril 5

276 E Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476

DescriptionJoin Zero Waste Sonoma, the Conservation Corps North Bay, and CalRecycle as we host a series of residential solar panel collection events! Use the link below to schedule an appointment. Panels must be generated by a resident (not a business) in Sonoma County. Residents can bring a maximum of 40 panels. Appointment required. Participation is FREE!

Location pin Solar Panel Collection Event - Healdsburg

DateMay 10

1557 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448

DescriptionJoin Zero Waste Sonoma, the Conservation Corps North Bay, and CalRecycle as we host a series of residential solar panel collection events! Use the link below to schedule an appointment. Panels must be generated by a resident (not a business) in Sonoma County. Residents can bring a maximum of 40 panels. Appointment required. Participation is FREE!