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Free E-Waste Recycling Events May 4th and 5th, 2018

New Location - Earl Warren Showgrounds

Twice a year, the City of Santa Barbara sponsors a free e-waste recycling event open to all area residents and businesses. E-waste is anything that runs on a plug or batteries. Next event:

Date: Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds (Calle Real Entrance)


What is accepted?

Rule of thumb: if it runs on batteries or a power cord, we take it (with just a few exceptions)*

  • TVs of any kind (CRT, plasma, LCD, etc.)
  • Computers; components  & accessories ( monitor, keyboard, mice, cables, external hard drives**, etc.)
  • Laptops
  • Power supplies
  • Stereos and accessories (speakers, cables)
  • Microwave ovens
  • Phones (mobile phones with batteries removed; landline phones plus cords)
  • VCRs and DVD players
  • Plugs and cables
  • Other items: electric & battery-operated tools, vacuum cleaners, fans, light fixtures/lamps (remove bulbs), electronic toys/games, cameras, record players, hair dryers, radios, fax or copy machines

** All hard drives will be completely destroyed and recycled according to FACTA Standards.



  1. Batteries of any kind; take them to a battery store or Downtown Recycling Center
  2. Fluorescent light bulbs (long tubes or curly), take to Downtown Recycling Center or County Transfer Station
  3. Large Appliances (washer, dryer, fridge, oven): call MarBorg for your free bulky item pickup, take to MarBorg C&D Facility or County Transfer Station.
  4. Printer cartridges - take to the Post Office (free mail-in), Downtown Recycling Center, or area office stores
  5. Media (DVD, cassette tapes, CD, vinyl, floppy disk), take to Downtown Recycling Center 
  6. Air Conditioners

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
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