1. How or where can I go to recycle (electronics, CDs, toner, etc) responsibly?
Call your local recycler to make sure they do not export their e-waste to be recycled and do not use prison labor for the dismantling process. You can also check the e-steward website to find a responsible recycler near you.
Below is a list of responsible recyclers located in California:
e-Recycling of California
31775 Haymann Ave.
Hayward, CA. 94545
Phone: (510) 675-0810
Fax: (510) 675-0809
Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.
2860 S. East Ave.
Fresno, Ca. 93725
Toll Free: (800) 884-8466
Arcata Community Recycling Center
P.O. Box 1126
Arcata, CA. 95518-1126
Phone: (707) 822-4321
Fax: (707) 822-1672
1308 9th Street
Arcata, CA. 95521
Phone: (707) 822-4542
Eureka Community Recycling Center
1059 West Hawthorne Street
Eureka, CA. 95501
Phone: (707) 442-2541
California Electronics Asset Recovery
3678 Lemay Street
Mather, CA. 95655
Phone: (916) 388-1777
Fax: (916) 388-1177
San Francisco County
591 Howard St. (Corner of 2nd & Howard)
San Francisco, CA. 94105
Phone: (415) 287-0000
San Joaquin County
Onsite Electronics Recycling
2331 N. Teepee Drive
Stockton, CA. 95205
Phone: (209) 234-7994
Fax: (209) 234-7910
Contact: Janice Oldemeyer or Ronald Kemp
Electronics accepted Monday through Friday from 7:30 am 4:00 pm. Additional regularly scheduled drop-off locations and events listed on website.
San Mateo County
801 Mahler Road, Suite I (North of the Hyatt Regency Hotel)
Burlingame, CA. 94010
Phone: (650) 288-1369
Santa Clara County
ECS Refining, LLC. / United Datatech Distributors
705 Reed Street
Santa Clara, CA. 95050
Phone: (408) 200-7000
Fax: (408) 988-5154
Contact: Pat Potter
Website: www.ecsrefining.com, www.uniteddatatech.com
4500 El Camino Real (North of San Antonio Rd)
Los Altos, CA. 94022
Phone: (650) 493-8700
6200 Engle Way
Gilroy, CA. 95020
Phone: (408) 848-3050
Toll Free: (866) 638-2761
Los Angeles County
e-Recycling of California
7230 Petterson Lane
Paramount, CA. 90723-2022
Phone: (562) 634-8372
Fax: (562) 634-8029
San Bernardino County
Cascade Asset Management, LLC.
9350 7th Street, Unit E
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730
Phone: (888) 222-8388
Fax: (608) 222-6208
Click here to find a responsible recycler in your area.
2. Who can I contact for legal or medical referrals for health (toxic) related issues?
Please contact SVTC via email: email@example.com or call us at: (408)287-6707 and one of our staff can put you in contact with the appropriate person.
3. How can I purchase a computer or TV that is socially responsible?
Unfortunately, this is a difficult question for us to answer as some computer and television manufacturers might be good at taking electronics back and recycling, but not so good on chemical reduction or vice versa. But we do have a few guidelines outlined below to help you make an informed purchasing decision
It is important before and after you make purchases to let the manufactures know how you feel about issues such as export, prison labor, workers rights issues and chemical reduction.
Whether you are purchasing for your personal use, for your school, or for an organization, please visit www.electronicstakeback.com for more information on purchasing Environmentally Preferable IT Equipment.
Each computer company has different ways in which they handle their take-back programs and where they are at in terms of chemical reduction so, reading up on them or contacting the company directly will help assure proper and up-to-date information.
Currently, Sony is the only TV manufacturer we know of that has a recycling program and has agreed not to export overseas or to use prison labor.
You can change this. TV manufacturers need to hear from you! Visit http://www.svtc.org/TVAction to find contact information for your TV manufacturer and to learn more about an upcoming analog to digital switchover that is predicted to cause up to 80 million TVs to become obsolete.
Clean Water Action
Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
5. Where can I go to learn more about air issues?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a referral to a company that does residential testing. However, SVTC recommends contacting the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health (tel: 408-918-3400 / http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/deh/)
6. Who can I contact if I want to find out more about food access issues?
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is no longer running a food program, but we do recommend that you contact the following groups:
The Food Empowerment Project
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First
7. My company would like to sign onto the Recycler’s Pledge? What is the next step?
If your company is interested in signing onto the Recycler’s Pledge, feel free to contact the Basel Action Network (BAN) or click here for detailed instructions.
8. Can I use images and/or materials from the SVTC website?
Please feel free to use the images, but we ask that you give proper credit to SVTC (ie. “Image courtesy of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition”).
There are some images on the SVTC website that reference other organization. In those instances, please give them credit.