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Electronics (E-Waste)

What Is E-Waste?

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:

  • computers, laptops, components  & accessories (CPU, monitor, keyboard, mice, cables, external hard drives)
  • TVs of any kind (CRT*, plasma, LCD, etc.)
  • stereos and accessories (speakers, cables)
  • all phones (mobiles phones with batteries removed; landline phones plus cords)
  • electric & battery-operated tools
  • light fixtures/lamps (remove bulbs)
  • electronic toys/games, cameras
  • CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and other media

Special notes:

*Damaged or broken CRT TVs must go to the County Transfer Station 

**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 or eBay, or drop off at a local thrift store.

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.

Batteries, cell phones, and other electronics can always be taken to the Recycling Center (ABOP) at 132 Nopalitos Way on the east side, Monday-Saturday 9-4.

Free Home Pickup Option

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

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)*

  • Computers, laptops, components  & accessories (CPU, monitor, keyboard, mice, cables, external hard drives**, etc.)
  • Power supplies
  • TV of any kind (CRT, plasma, LCD, etc.)\
  • Stereos and accessories (speakers, cables)
  • Microwave ovens
  • 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


  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 toMarBorg C&D Facility or County Transfer Station.
  4. Air Conditioners
  5. Printer cartridges - take to the Post Office (free mail in), ABOP, or area office stores
  6. Media (DVD, cassette tapes, CD, vinyl, floppy disk), take to ABOP 

** All hard drives are completely disassembled and destroyed as per our vendor's Information Security Policy.


Home Battery Pickup

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017
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