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Responsible Electronics or E-Waste Recycling and Proper Disposal
serving Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon and San Joaquin County

How do I recycle or properly dispose of...



Electronic devices surround us; circuit boards are in everything from computers to cell phones.  Electronics recycling is a difficult process that involves extremely toxic materials like lead and mercury.  As consumers, recycling electronics, or “e-waste,” is easy to do, as long as we are aware of the “greenwashing” that occurs in this industry.  “Greenwashing” is the practice of making misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a service and making it appear to be “greener” than it actually is.


Schools, charities and other groups are regularly approached by operations offering e-waste fundraiser events.  Sadly, while many of these e-waste operations claim to be “green,” the fact is that most old TVs, computers, and other e-waste collected for “reuse” or “recycling” end up as illegal and harmful exports.  Up to 80% of the discarded electronics collected each year in North America are exported to developing countries, where impoverished villagers, especially children, toil over burn piles and acid baths to separate small amounts of precious metals from toxic components, creating an environmental nightmare in the process.


The Basel Action Network has created the e-Stewards® Initiative to help consumers select recyclers who run environmentally and socially responsible operations.  Qualified e-Stewards® recyclers agree not to dump toxic e-waste in developing countries, local landfills or incinerators; to prevent the exposure of private data; and to be accountable for the entire recycling chain and final disposition of toxic materials.  To avoid being duped by greenwashing, use an e-Stewards® recycler.  Learn more or find local e-Stewards® recyclers at or click here for a brochure.


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Last updated 05/26/2011


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