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Electronic Recycling Resource Center

Individuals and Businesses
As of February 8, 2006 new California state hazardous waste legislation requires special handling for consumer electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing products, called Universal Wastes. It is now illegal to dispose of these items in your garbage or recycling cart. For more information on California State legislation regarding the disposal of hazardous and electronic waste, visit the following websites:

Businesses have a special set of legislation that it is important to know, and if applicable, comply with, in recycling computers and electronics. For details and further links, visit:

Useful Websites

Basel Action Network
Californians Against Waste (CAW)
Santa Clara Ctr for the Dev. of Recycling
CIWMB (CA Integrated Waste Mgt Board)
Computer Take Back Campaign
DTSC (CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control)
Earth 911
Ebay ReThink
Foundation for Global Community
Palo Alto Recyclopedia
SF Environment
Sierra Club California
Silicon Valey Toxics Coalition
United Nations Environment Programme
US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
US EPA Region 9 (West Coast)

Recommended Reading

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, North Point Press, New York, 2002.

Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model, by Ray C. Anderson, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Vermont, 1998.

The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices, by Sarah Jones and Torbjörn Lahti, New Society Publishers, 2004.

The Principles of Sustainability, by Simon Dresner, Earthscan Publications Ltd., London, 2002

For Younger Readers

Recycle! A Handbook for Kids, by Gail Gibbons, Little, Brown & Company, 1992.

The Secrets of Tropical Rainforests, by Joan Hamilton, London Town Press, 2005.

Where Does the Garbage Go?, by Paul Showers, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, by John Javna, Earth Works Group US, Andrews McMeel Publishing, New Jersey, 1990

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