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)
Household Hazardous Waste Program (Santa Clara County) - county residents can make appointments to drop off Hazardous Waste, including eWaste.
List of Approved E-Waste Collectors (Santa Clara County) [pdf] from th HHW page above.
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 electronic waste for a fee. Call for details)
Goodwill of Silicon Valley (San Jose)950 N. 7th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(Accepts all electronic waste at no charge.)
Bay Counties Waste Services (Smart Station) (Sunnyvale)301 Carl Rd.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
(Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto residents only. No charge associated with electronics)
GreenCitizen - “Recycling Electronics for a Cleaner Future”[drop off center]
1831 Bayshore Highway, Suite 2
Burlingame, CA 94010
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
(Some items free to recycle: TV’s, Cell Phone, Monitors, Laptops, tablets, etc. Other items 75¢/lb)
TDR Electronic Recycling LLC738 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 most of the SF Bay Area]
[business pickup only for reusable computers, tablets, cell phones, computer parts, drive, cables, chargers, etc.]
707-570-1600 (message only)
(acceptable items include: computers, cell phones, and computer parts. They try to reuse before recycling. Call to confirm acceptable items.)
Best Buy RecyclingThey accept dropoff of most electronic items for recycling for free (personal items of local residents). Fees may be charged for large appliances and TVs. They offer haul-away service for larger items. Check the web site for details.
Lowes Stores Store LocatorThey accept CFLs, rechargeable batteries, and plastic bags. Use the link to find nearby store(s) for recycling. Contact 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. Contact 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.
Call 2 Recycle Locator serviceUse the Call 2 Recycle locator service to find a local drop off for rechargeable batteries and used cell phones.