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E-waste is anything that has an electrical cord or runs on batteries.
These items cannot be put in trash or recycling containers since they contain hazardous materials. In fact, it has been illegal to dispose of electronics with hazardous components since February 2006. Smoke detectors contain radioactive components and must be mailed back to the manufacturer. Please protect the environment by using a recycling facility for old electronic devices. 

Pickup Option

Bulky item pickup: included with your City Trash service are two annual large item pickups; you can use one of them to have e-waste collected.

Each single-family home that pays trash/recycling fees is entitled to two large item pickups per year with an unlimited quantity of goods. Call MarBorg at 963-1852 for an appointment, but wait until your assigned pickup day to place items at the curb.  

For multi-unit buildings, the landlord or property manager may schedule the two included bulky item pickups for the entire building by calling MarBorg. Residents must gather their large items on the appropriate day.

New E-Waste Event Video

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"Put It There"

Dropoff Options

There are three key facilities for Santa Barbara residents to properly recycle e-waste:                                                                                                     

  • ABOP Facility/Recycling Center (MarBorg ABOP) - Mon. – Sat. 8 AM to 4 PM; entrance at 132 Nopalitos St. (official address 725 Cacique); 963-1852
  • South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station (County Transfer Station, aka "The Dump") - Mon. – Sat. 7 AM  - 5 PM;  4430 Calle Real; 681-4345
  • Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center (UCSB HHW) - Weekends only for residents, Friday by appointment for businesses; Bldg. 565 Mesa Rd UCSB; 882-3602

For details on specific items, visit:

  • All Electronics
  • Batteries (disposable and rechargeable)
  • Cell Phones
  • Media (e.g. DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes)

    E-Waste Events

    In addition, the City sponsors free E-waste Recycling Drop Off events, usually in April and October, for all area residents and businesses. Our next event is May 2 and 3rd, 2013. Our carefully selected vendor recycles all collected materials according to California's strict regulations of hazardous waste.

    What is accepted?

    • Rule of thumb: if it runs on batteries or a power cord, we take it (with just a few exceptions)*
    • Most common items: computers, laptops, components  & accessories (CPU, monitor, keyboard, mice, cables, external hard drives**, etc.), power supplies, any kind of TV (CRT, plasma, LCD, etc.), stereos and accessories (speakers, cables), microwave ovens, all phones (mobiles phones with batteries removed; landline phones plus cords)
    • Other items: electric & battery-operated tools, vacuum cleaners, fans, light fixtures/lamps (remove bulbs), electronic toys/games, cameras, record players, VCRs, 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 then to a battery store or ABOP
    2. Fluorescent light bulbs (long tubes or curly), take to ABOP or County Transfer Station
    3. Large Appliances (washer, dryer, fridge, oven): call MarBorg for your free bulky item pickup, take to MarBorg C&D yard or County Transfer Station.
    4. Printer cartridges - take to the Post Office (free mail in), ABOP, or area office stores
    5. Media (DVD, cassette tapes, CD, vinyl, floppy disk), take to ABOP 
  • Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014