PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No Need to Hang on to Old Electronics

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department encourages residents to bring old, unwanted electronics to one of the County’s free and convenient drop-off sites. Items such as TVs, computers, DVD players, stereos, cell phones, and microwaves can be recycled at no charge at both the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station.

The transfer stations provide this free service year round. The South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The facility is located at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara between the El Sueño and Turnpike exits off Highway 101.

The Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station is located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Last year, the County collected over 548,000 pounds of electronics to be recycled. All collected electronics are processed domestically by a certified recycler to ensure the safe and proper handling of the materials. Recyclers in the United States must adhere to strict regulations that protect workers’ health and the environment. Because old electronics contain hazardous materials – such as lead and mercury – it is important that they be processed safely.

Also note that the County’s recycler employs the highest safeguards to protect personal data on old devices. They have a sophisticated surveillance system to prevent theft and operate a 100 percent guaranteed data destruction program using strict Department of Defense standards.

In addition to the County’s program, some local cities and private companies operate their own electronic waste collection programs. Details about all of these programs can be found on the County’s recycling website at

Keep in mind that reusing and repairing old electronics saves energy and resources, and should likewise be the top goal. If your item is suitable for donation or repair, please check out local options at

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