You must have wondered how to dispose of those old telephones, cell phones, broken game systems, and other home appliances that are piled up as junk in your garage in California.
California is the first state in the US to offer free recycling of electronic devices. In order to make sure that these devices are recycled properly, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will be responsible for collecting and disposing of them. This is done by setting up collection centers across California, which will be available for consumers to drop off their old electronics.
Some other states have already adopted a similar policy, where they provide free recycling services for electronics but charge a fee for TVs. The main reason behind this is that TVs contain more toxic materials and require more energy to recycle them than traditional electronic devices.
Average Electronics Recycling Prices in California
|Material||Average Price||Price Unit|
|A-Boards P/C Scrap||2.15||USD/LB|
|Ceramic Processors Scrap||6.82||USD/LB|
|Colored Boards Scrap||0.65||USD/LB|
|Computer/Server (Incomplete) Scrap||0.11||USD/LB|
|Electronic Transformers Scrap||0.1||USD/LB|
|Finger Cards Scrap||2||USD/LB|
|HARD DRIVES W/BOARDS||0.33||USD/LB|
|Low Grade Boards Scrap||0.35||USD/LB|
|PC Towers – Incomplete||0.21||USD/LB|
|Power Supplies Scrap||0.11||USD/LB|
|Cell Phones w/o Battery||2.29||USD/LB|
|Complete E- Scrap||0.12||USD/LB|
|Hard Drives – Incomplete||0.11||USD/LB|
|HG Motherboards Scrap||1.69||USD/LB|
|Power Supply W/Cord||0.11||USD/LB|
|Cellular Phones Scrap||1.45||USD/LB|
|Green Mother Boards||1.05||USD/LB|
|Hard Drives Scrap||0.81||USD/LB|
|Non Green Mother Boards||0.55||USD/LB|
|#1 Low Grade Motherboard Scrap||1.4||USD/LB|
|#2 Low Grade Motherboard Scrap||1.1||USD/LB|
|Low Grade Serverboard Scrap||1.55||USD/LB|
|Mid Grade Populated Scrap||0.55||USD/LB|
|Mid Grade Unpopulated Scrap||0.3||USD/LB|
|Satellite or Cable Box Receiver||0.1||USD/LB|
|PC Laptops – Complete||0.51||USD/LB|
|Hard Drive Boards||2.94||USD/LB|
|Cell Phone w/ Battery||1.2||USD/LB|
|UPS W/ Batteries||0.18||USD/LB|
|UPS W/O Batteries||0.1||USD/LB|
|PC Towers – Complete||0.16||USD/LB|
|Colored Mother Board||1.15||USD/LB|
|Lithium-Ion Battery Scrap||0.49||USD/LB|
|Processor W/O Pins Scrap||1.05||USD/LB|
|Processor W/Pins Scrap||6.48||USD/LB|
|Medium Grade Boards Scrap||0.66||USD/LB|
|Memory Chips Scrap||6.5||USD/LB|
|Whole Computer Tower||0.09||USD/LB|
|AC Adapter Scrap||0.1||USD/LB|
|Computer/Server (Complete) Scrap||0.26||USD/LB|
|HARD DRIVES W/O BOARDS||0.14||USD/LB|
Here are The Top-Rated Places to Recycle Electronics in California
TechWaste Recycling Inc.
Address: 1940 E Occidental St, Santa Ana, CA 92705, United States.
Phone: +1 866-637-6814
Q. What eWaste items do you recycle?
TechWaste Recycling Inc: We recycle virtually anything that has a cord, screen, uses batteries, contains data, and uses or produces energy in some form. Some examples include: – Computers – Monitors – Drives/Media – Cell Phones – Old Telecom Equipment – Televisions – Broadcast Equipment – Storage/Tape – Fax Machines – Post Production Equipment – Servers – Battery Back Ups – Printers – Medical Equipment – Computer parts.
Q. Why should I recycle computers and other electronics instead of throwing them in the trash?
TechWaste Recycling Inc: Throwing computers and other electronic eWaste in the trash overflows landfills and may cause environmental and health damage to humans. Components and materials used to create computers and other electronics are toxic when leaked into the soil, atmosphere, and water system via improper disposal. Utilizing TechWaste Recycling’s eWaste recycling services will benefit the environment as well as protect you and your business against hefty fines or penalties for improper disposal of electronics.
Address: 14235 Commerce Dr, Garden Grove, CA 92843, United States
Areas served: Orange County and nearby areas
Recycling: Batteries · Electronics
Phone: +1 800-282-3927
Address: 5292 Pacheco Blvd, Pacheco, CA 94553, United States
Areas served: Concord and nearby areas
Recycling: Batteries · Metal cans
Phone: +1 925-671-8008
Green Leaf Electronic & E-Waste Recycling
Address: 26244 Enterprise Ct, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States
Areas served: Orange County
Phone: +1 949-470-2700
Green Ewaste Recycling Center
Address: 1664 Watson Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035, United States
Areas served: San Francisco Bay Area and nearby areas
Phone: +1 408-287-3292
List of items you can recycle:
Virtually, the most common type of electronics can be at least partially recycled, since they’re made largely of metal. However, electronics that contain mercury or lead require special handling as hazardous waste. LCD televisions and monitors and old TVs (pre-1991, per the EPA) may contain mercury, while old cathode ray tube televisions contain lead.