The best recycling of electronics is reuse. However, when that is not possible, recycling is recommended, but always proper disposal. Electronic waste contains lead and other toxic materials and California law prohibits dumping of this waste in land fills. The dumping of computer monitors and television sets is already prohibited. California law prohibits disposal of batteries into the trash. Instead take these materials to a State certified Collector/Recycler.
Here is a partial list of banned materials most applicable to the flea market:
A complete list of materials banned from the trash at the California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) web site.
RecycleWorks (San Mateo County)
ReduceWaste (Santa Clara County)
The following are recyclers in the local area who accept electronic waste for recycling. Be sure the check the hours and policy for a recycler before taking your materials over there.
Note that many of these recyclers have eliminated drop-off locations and may now charge fees. This is due in part to the drop in value of recycled material's.
ATT Recycle215 Leo Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95112
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat-Sun 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.
(Accepts all electronic waste at no charge. $25 for refrigerator. Pickup for commercial only.)
Goodwill of Silicon Valley950 N. 7th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(Accepts all electronic waste at no charge.)
GreenCitizen - “Recycling Electronics for a Cleaner Future”[drop off center]
1831 Bayshore Highway, Suite 2
Burlingame, CA 94010
(call for acceptable items, fees, schedule, or pickup)
TDR Electronic Recycling LLC, formerly E.L.M.A.R.S.738 105th Ave.
Oakland, Ca. 94603
Hours: M-F: 8am – 4pm, Sat: 10am – 2pm, Sun: closed
(accepts most electronics and small appliances, free drop-off, call to confirm acceptable items)
[Computers & Education] Computer Recycling Center[Serving San Francisco and Santa Rosa]
San Francisco drop off
Sonoma County / Santa Rosa drop off
San Francisco: 415-643-6200
North Bay: 707-570-1600
Toll-Free in California: 1-888-8-used PC (888-887-3372)
(acceptable items include: computers, cell phones, and computer parts. They try to reuse before recycling. Call to confirm acceptable items.)
Best Buy RecyclingThey accept most electronics for recycling for free. Fees may be charged for large appliances and TVs. Check the web site for details.
Lowes Stores Store LocatorThey accept CFLs, rechargeable batteries, and plastic bags. Use the link to nearby store(s) for recycling. Call the store to confirm they recycle your item(s) at that store.
Home Depot Store LocatorThey accept CFLs and rechargeable batteries. Use the link to find nearby stores. Call the store to confirm they recycle your item(s) at that store.
Ace Hardware Store LocatorThey accept used batteries and fluorescent light bulbs for recycling.
Fry's ElectronicsThey accept used cell phones and cell phone batteries for recycling.