Electronic & Universal Waste

Did you know many components of electronic equipment (including metals, plastic, and glass) can be recycled, while others may present environmental hazards if not managed correctly? Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, cannot be disposed of in your curbside trash collection and must be handled properly.

How to Dispose of E-Waste

  • Phone or email Republic Services at 800-299-4898 or republic@cityofalhambra.org prior to placing items at the curb. Inform them of what types of items are to be included (for example, 1 computer, 1 printer, etc.). Items will not be picked up without scheduling a pickup and homeowner is subject to a fine.
  • Place items on the curb after noon on the day preceding collection. If items are not picked up, be sure to remove the items before 6 am the following day.
  • Label each item. Place a sticker or label on the item and mark it with your address (no need to include your name or phone number).
  • Eligible items include computer monitors, television sets, TV/VCR combos, computer peripheral items (CPUs, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), personal electronics (cell phones, radios, alarm clocks and hair dryers), and large appliances.
  • Electric waste can also taken to an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Roundup or a S.A.F.E. Collection Center. Visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

How to Dispose of Universal Waste

  • Universal waste is banned from the trash, so take it to an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Roundup or a S.A.F.E. Collection Center. Visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.
  • Universal waste items include:
    • Household batteries
    • Cell phone and hearing aid batteries
    • Electronic devices including:
    • Answering machines, microwaves, radios
    • Cell phones
    • Computers (CPU) and laptops
    • Flat and CRTs
    • Printers
    • Telephones and cordless phones
    • TVs and monitors
    • VCR's
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps
    • Neon bulbs
    • Mercury-containing devices, including:
    • Counter weights and dampers
    • Dental amalgam
    • Novelty items
    • Pressure and vacuum gauges
    • Switches
    • Thermometer
    • Thermostats
    • Medical devices such as:
    • Dilators
    • Weighted tubing
    • Certain rubber flooring and gas flow regulators used in old residential gas meters
  • Visit the Call2recycle website to find more information on recycling cellular phones and rechargeable batteries. Protect your personal information by erasing all data before recycling your cell phone.
  • Use the locator to find a battery recycling location in the City of Alhambra.

Recycling Services Offered by Computer Manufacturers

Many computer manufacturers recycle old computer equipment (most at no charge) when purchasing a new computer through their online website or a qualified retailer. The following manufacturers offer a computer recycling program, trade-in and/or asset recovery services: