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:
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.
There are several convenient facilities for Santa Barbara residents to properly recycle e-waste:
Cacique St. 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
David Love Place Recycling Center - Mon. - Fri 9am-4pm; Sat. 9:15am - 4pm; 20 David Love Place, Goleta; 963-1852
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 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.
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 are completely destroyed and recycled according to FACTA Standards.
*EXCEPTIONS/ WHAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT EVENTS
Batteries of any kind; take then to a battery store or ABOP