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Learn everything you need to know about making every day Earth Day with our most popular guides to green living. From actionable tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, create a green home and live a green lifestyle to honest and unbiased reviews of green products, we give you the most useful, comprehensive, and easy-to-digest information about green living you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

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8 San Francisco Recycling Tips You Need to Know Now

November 3, 2014

James Kao

November 3, 2014

James Kao November 3, 2014 Updated November 2018 Here at GreenCitizen, our staff works diligently to help San Francisco Bay Area residents recycle their electronics responsibly. Through this work, our staff has learned many tricks of the recycling… Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About Greenwashing

July 1, 2014

James Kao

July 1, 2014

James Kao July 1, 2014 Updated January 2019 With the rising trend to go green, companies and marketers are scrambling to put eco-friendly buzzwords on their products and services. “BPA free,” “biodegradable,” “natural,” and “non-toxic” are some of… Read More

Why GreenCitizen?

May 22, 2014

James Kao

May 22, 2014

James Kao May 22, 2014 At GreenCitizen, we take transparency and accountability very seriously. We track all items we receive, ensuring they are either reused or broken down for their raw materials ethically within 150 miles of San… Read More

Our Mission

April 30, 2014

James Kao

April 30, 2014

GreenCitizen’s mission is to develop a sustainable metropolitan model that provides the most convenient and accountable ways for individuals and businesses to reuse and recycle electronics.

Electronics Recycling Business Pickup Service

April 13, 2014

James Kao

April 13, 2014

When your businesses recycles with GreenCitizen, you are helping us open more recycling centers and divert even more e-waste from landfills. Our pickups are free and good for the environment, and we’ll even collect your items directly from your suite. So what are you waiting for?

Data Destruction Services

April 7, 2014

James Kao

April 7, 2014

Discarded or donated computers, copiers, and media disks are a principle source of information for identity thieves. These items should not be viewed as trash but rather as archives of confidential data.

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GreenCitizen Receives “Best For The World Award 2013” for its Electronics Recycling Efforts

January 15, 2014

James Kao

January 15, 2014

James Kao January 15, 2014 GreenCitizen’s efforts in tackling the electronic-waste crisis have been recognized with the Best for the World Award 2013. The award is presented to the top 10% of all B-Corporations. The B-Corp or “Benefit-Corp”… Read More

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How to Recycle Christmas Tree Lights this Holiday Season

January 7, 2014

James Kao

January 7, 2014

James Kao January 7, 2014 Updated November 2018 It’s that time of year again. That moment when you plug in your Christmas lights and they don’t light up with the cheer you were expecting. Or you might want… Read More

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Hard Drive Destruction in San Jose

December 4, 2013

James Kao

December 4, 2013

James Kao December 4, 2013 Identity theft tops the list of complaints filed with the FTC every year since 1999. Last year 18% of all complaints filed were related to identity theft. Where do these criminals get your… Read More

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The E-Waste Crisis: 6 Ways You Can Help

August 21, 2013

James Kao

August 21, 2013

James Kao August 21, 2013   Updated December 2018 The U.S. throws away 9.4 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) every year. Where does this go? It not only goes to our landfills, but to landfills around the… Read More

Support the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) of 2013

James Kao

August 21, 2013

James Kao August 21, 2013 On July 23, 2013 H.R.279, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2013, was referred to the following two House Committees: the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology… Read More

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E-Waste: The Biggest Environmental Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

June 27, 2013

James Kao

June 27, 2013

James Kao June 27, 2013 The E-Waste Crisis In 2008, 60 Minutes ran a piece revealing what actually happens to our old electronics when we throw them away. In The Wasteland, CBS correspondent Scott Pelley follows the trail of… Read More

Get Paid for your iPhone, and Help Protect the Environment!

February 19, 2013

James Kao

February 19, 2013

How selling your old iPhone to GreenCitizen keeps other electronics out of landfills. Our latest blog post from GC staff writer Jake Hanft

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Paint Recycling and Why You Should Do It

October 17, 2012

James Kao

October 17, 2012

What to Recycle Your Paint? Want to Get Some Free Paint? Do both at the same spot! Check out our latest blog post:

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How to Recycle Batteries?

October 10, 2012

James Kao

October 10, 2012

Do you wonder where you can recycle your household batteries in the Bay Area? GreenCitizen has the answers!

Current US Electronic Waste Laws

March 18, 2011

James Kao

March 18, 2011

James Kao March 18, 2011 Federal Governments Takes First Steps to Develop a National Strategy for Electronic Waste Until recently the EPA, and Federal Government has barely monitored or acknowledge the disposal for ‘end of life electronics.’ On… Read More

Jim Puckett’s Fresh Air Interview 12/21/2010

January 5, 2011

James Kao

January 5, 2011

James Kao January 5, 2011 Jim Puckett, the executive director of the Basal Action Network was recently interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. In summary…. In the past 10 years, the demand for new electronics has increased significantly, and… Read More

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How Are CRT Monitors Recycled?

November 20, 2010

James Kao

November 20, 2010

James Kao November 20, 2010 Updated January 2019 Got any old CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors you want to get rid of? In recent years, we’ve started to replace cathode ray tubes with LCD displays, leaving consumers with… Read More

What are SB20 Units and Why Are They Free?

November 19, 2010

James Kao

November 19, 2010

James Kao November 19, 2010 Many household devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, lithium and barium. These elements can cause a wide range of health problems including, but not limited to: brain damage, birth defects, liver,… Read More

Five Ways to Green Your PC

November 15, 2010

James Kao

November 15, 2010

James Kao November 15, 2010 Five Ways to Green Your Computer Set your computer to hibernate When your computer is not in use set it to hibernate mode, this saves more energy then stand by, screen savers or… Read More