E-waste is anything that has an electrical cord or runs on batteries. E-waste cannot be put in trash or recycling containers since it contains hazardous materials. In fact, it has been illegal to dispose of electronics with hazardous components since February, 2006. Common e-waste items include:
**Modern Smoke Detectors contain radioactive material and must be mailed back the manufacturer
Reuse or Donate
If your item is still functioning, someone else might want it. Try listing it on Craigslist, eBay, or drop it off at a local thrift store. Some stores even offer money/gift cards for trading in old electronics like Best Buy.
Battery and Cell Phone Collection
All Santa Barbara residents with trash service have access to battery and cell phone recycling at home.
Single-family residents can place household batteries (tape the ends of each battery) and old cell phones in a plastic bag (e.g. Ziploc) on top of (not inside) their blue cart. Batteries will be picked up on the regular collection day.
In apartments or other multi-family dwellings, the landlord can request an orange bucket, free of charge, from MarBorg by calling 963-1852. These buckets can then be brought to one of the collection centers below.
Included with your paid City Trash service are two annual large item ("bulky item") pickups; you can use them to have e-waste collected. We also offer separate collection of "white goods," which are large appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
Each single-family home that pays a City trash bill is entitled to two bulky item pickups per year with an unlimited quantity of goods, plus unlimited white goods pickups. 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 (and two white goods pickups) for the entire building by calling MarBorg. Residents must gather their large items on the appropriate day.
Everyday Drop-Off Options
There are several convenient facilities for Santa Barbara residents to properly recycle e-waste:
Downtown 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) - Mon. – Sat. 7 AM - 5 PM; 4430 Calle Real; 681-4345
Goleta Recycling Center - Mon. - Fri 9am-4pm; Sat. 9:15am - 4pm; 20 David Love Place, Goleta; 963-1852
E-Waste Drop Off Events
**New Location - Earl Warren Showgrounds**
The City sponsors two free E-waste Recycling Drop Off events,usually in April and October, for all area residents and businesses. Events run on a Friday and Saturday.
What is accepted at e-waste events?
Rule of thumb: if it runs on batteries or a power cord, we take it (with just a few exceptions)*