Electronic waste, or e-waste, includes all electronic products like:
- Alarm Clocks
- Cell Phones
- Computer Hardware
- DVD/CD/VCR Players
- Small Kitchen Appliances
- TVs, Etc.
In our time of rapid technological change, many of these items become outdated after just a few years, and residents are left wondering how to dispose of them properly. These items are all too toxic to place in the landfill since they contain heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium. Computers under five years old and other working electronics can generally be reused, so please consider donating them.
Free Recycling Events
The City of Daly City also offers free e-waste collection events twice per year at our Earth Day Recycling Event in the spring and Make A Difference Day in October. Our next event will be on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
Acceptable E-Waste Locations
The following locations also accept e-waste (call before visiting):
- Best Buy in Colma: Accepts:
- Cell Phones
- Ink and Toner
- Music/Audio/Movie Equipment
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Video Games and Gadgets and More
- Crown Computer Recycling: No charge for anything electronic. Call ahead: 650-591-0600. Located at 520 Bragato Road, San Carlos.
- Goodwill: Accepts computers, laptops, TVs, networking equipment, and cell phones, working or not, at any Donation Center. Call ahead.
- GreenCitizen: Accepts e-waste, working or not, at their location in Burlingame.
List of Places to Drop off E-Waste
View a full list of places to drop off e-waste, including locations in:
- Half Moon Bay
- Redwood City
- San Carlos
- San Mateo
- South City
Use the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling Guide for San Mateo County for all of your waste-related questions!
Republic Services, our garbage company, will also accept e-waste for a fee at their office at 1680 Edgeworth Avenue You must call before dropping anything off: 650-756-1130.
Special Note on Cell Phones
All retailers in California that sell cell phones are required to take them back free of charge from consumers. Please also consider giving a new life to your old devices and in particular your cell phones. Many organizations will get your old cell phones into the hands of people who really need them. Before donating cell phones (or computers) for reuse, just remember to delete all files on your hard drive.
Computers under five years old and other working electronics can generally be reused, so please consider donating them.