Free electronics recycling?

Free electronics recycling?

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Mary Burnley

San Leandro, CA

#1 Feb 28, 2006
A few weeks ago, there was an article in the San Leandro Times about a local facility that takes electronic devices for recycling. My husband and I have a printer and an old VCR which we would rather not put in the trash, but neither of us can remember the name of the company that was mentioned in the article.

Can anyone help?


United States

#2 Feb 28, 2006
It was a lot more than a few weeks ago. Here is the article that I think you are referring to:

Recycling Is for Computers, too
Reported by : Linda Sandsmark : 10/21/05

Got E-Waste?
A new San Leandro company provides the answer to a common problem: how to dispose of electronic equipment without adding to the landfill.

Christian Muller, general manager of E-Waste Inc., has his hands full with discarded computer equipment.
Got E-Waste, Inc. recently became a state-approved collector for electronic waste, and opened its recycling station five months ago on Marina Boulevard, with an entrance on Merced Street.

Got E-Waste will take computers, monitors, TVs, VCRs fax machines, copiers, phones and more, from both businesses and individuals. It’s a branch of Woodstock Recycling, a company with 25 years in the recycling business.

“The way we make electronic recycling attractive to people is to make it free,” says General Manager Christian Muller.“Many other places charge $20 per item, and even then it may not be disposed of properly. Some of those companies just ship what they collect to Asia. Also, people may not want to pay that $20, so they just throw it out with the trash.”

Got E-Waste, Inc. has several options for recycling electronics. It schedules free public collection events, including a recent one at Chronicle Pavilion which netted over a million pounds of electronic waste. It also allows the general public to drop off items on the first Thursday of the month between noon and 3 p.m. Drop-offs at other times are subject to a charge.

For bigger collections (over 50 monitors) events may be scheduled at businesses, homeowner’s associations, and large apartment or condo complexes. Pick-up service is free if the minimum criteria is met.

For companies regularly disposing of electronic waste, Got E-Waste, Inc. can supply Gaylord containers to site locations, free of charge. The cartons are four-foot square cubes and are made of extra-strong cardboard. They can be moved by forklift or placed on a pallet, and filled on an ongoing basis.

Once a container is full, the company can call for pickup on the next scheduled route. There is no minimum number of containers that may be requested, and as one is removed another can be delivered.

“If a company makes the effort to take one of these boxes, we’ll come and pick it up for them,” says Muller.“We’re established as the largest collector in California. We’re a brand-new business and we’re leading the way.”

Got E-Waste, Inc., participates in a newly-formed statewide e-waste recycling program created by the passage of the Electronic Waste Act (SB20 and SB50). As a participant in this state-funded program, the company provides as many ways to recycle electronics as possible.

Got E-Waste is reimbursed by the state for items recycled, and so far their business plan is to continue to operate free to the consumer.

The material collected is sent to Sims Recycling in Hayward, where items travel down an assembly line and are separated into parts. Glass, plastic, and other components are sold to companies which use them for manufacturing other products. Everything is re-used.

Muller says he’s hoping to arrange incentives with the San Leandro School District to recycle their old computers. For example, after a certain number of non-working computers are turned in, Got E-Waste will donate a new item in return.

“We’re trying to encourage people to do the right thing,” says Muller.“This has to be done. It’s good for the environment, and other states such as Texas, Florida and Oregon are watching and following what we do in California.”

Got E-Waste is located at 1900 Marina Blvd., Suite B, San Leandro, 357-8993. The drop-off entrance is on the 2000 block of Merced Street across from Doral’s Auto Repair, for those dropping off material in person.

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San Diego, CA

#9 Sep 18, 2007
This Fee does not make any sence to me,just a reason to get extra money, It hurt for everybody(consumer)

United States

#11 Jan 8, 2008
You can drop all of your electronics for free at eRecycle On Us in Walnut Creek. We also do pickups for more then ten moniters. All FREE.
e Recycle On Us

San Francisco, CA

#13 Apr 19, 2008
Mary Burnley wrote:
A few weeks ago, there was an article in the San Leandro Times about a local facility that takes electronic devices for recycling. My husband and I have a printer and an old VCR which we would rather not put in the trash, but neither of us can remember the name of the company that was mentioned in the article.
Can anyone help?
I don't know but you can go to this website for future recycling events

Today April 19 and 20th 2008 there is an electronic recyling event at Hayward Highschool between 9am-3pm...on East St...thru the front of the highschool building. Good day!

San Francisco, CA

#14 Apr 19, 2008
FREE E-Waste Recycling Event

Hayward High School
1633 East Ave.
Hayward, CA 94541

This event is scheduled for the following dates:

Saturday April 19th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday April 20th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hayward High School - Directions
Hayward High School - Map and Directions
You can download the State E-Waste verification form and fill it out before you visit this event. This will make it easier and faster to assist you in getting you processed and on your way.

E-Waste Verification form


Electronic Equipment Accepted

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Televisions Monitors
Computer systems Copy machines
Fax Machines Printers
MP3 Players Scanners
Video Game Consoles Video Games
Cellular Phones
(batteries can be included) Household phones
Stereo Equipment Miscellaneous wiring
CD's (players and discs) DVD's (players and discs)
Computer components ( i.e. keyboards, mice, internet devices etc.)
Please keep these items out of our landfill!

Universal Waste Management, Inc.
does not accept household
appliances at recycling events.

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