Electronic Waste (e-Waste)

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What is Electronic Waste (E-Waste)?

Any device powered by electricity (including batteries) that contains circuitry. Examples include but are not limited to: televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, e-readers, DVD players, digital cameras, cell phones, stereo equipment and microwave ovens.  Electronic device does not include large appliances or motor vehicles.

Electronic Waste is identified as hazardous waste in the state of California.

Where can I recycle e-waste?

Certified e-waste collector in the City of Santa Cruz                                         

Resource Recovery Facility accepts e-waste free of charge

605 Dimeo Lane (3 miles north of town)

Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Note: Hope Services is no longer accepting e-waste as of Jan 1, 2016

City of Santa Cruz Electronic Waste Ordinance

The full text of the ordinance is available here.

What does the ordinance Do?

The purpose of the ordinance is to give the City a means to ensure that electronic waste is responsibly managed.  The ordinance requires that: (a) No person, partnership, corporation or other entity shall collect any electronic device for recycling in the City unless the electronic device is delivered to a certified recycler.  Note: The e-waste collector is not required to be certified, but must deliver the collected e-waste to a certified recycler. (b) The City must be notified in advance of any e-waste collection events.

Why did the City adopt this ordinance?

Improperly processed electronic waste (e-waste) can pollute the air, soil and ground water.  It can contaminate the solid waste stream and expose solid waste workers to harmful material and working conditions.  When e-waste is shipped to developing countries it may be deposited into poorly maintained landfills, incinerated or disassembled in a manner that threatens worker safety, public health and the environment.  Recyclers that are certified according to the standards of this ordinance follow practices that prevent these problems from occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions about Certification and E-Waste Collection Events [Pdf]

Having an e-waste collection event in the City?
a) Make sure that the e-waste recycler you will use is certified.
b) Include the following in all advertising and notices for the event:
• the collector’s name, address, telephone number, website address (if any) and the name of a contact person
• a statement that all collected materials will be delivered to a certified e-waste recycler and specify the recycler
c) At least 10 days prior to the event, provide a notice including all info above to the City of Santa Cruz by email or mail as shown below: 

 City of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works 
    Attn: Waste Reduction Program Manager 
    809 Center Street, Room 201 
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Questions:   Email  or 831-420-5591