What is Electronic Recycling
What items are Accepted as Electronic Recycling?
We take the following as electronic waste recycling.
- Computers, Workstations, Servers, Printers, Laptops, Monitors, UPS
- Stereos, Receivers, Amplifiers, Audio Equipment, speakers
- Cellphones, Land line phones, Smart phones, Tablets
- Computer Parts, hard drives, Wire, cable circuit boards
- Small appliances, lamps, power tools, fans, vacuums
- Electronic Toys, Model aircraft, trains, cars
- Medical equipment, boating equipment, general electronics
- Cameras, Camcorders, AV equipment
- Batteries that are part of UPS only
Things we Do not Accept:
- Flourescent Tubes
- Incandescent Light bulbs
- Lead Acid batteries (unsealed car type)
- Common household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9 Volt)
- Hearing aid batteries, camera batteries
- Large appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, dryers
- Paper, Cans, Plastic, Garbage
The Story of Our Electronic Recycling Center
Compuboost, founded in 1992 to service computers, always had electronic waste, primarily from people that abandoned repairing their electronics (like computer, printers, etc) because it was too expensive to repair, relative to getting a new computer or printer.
As the amount of computers began to rise as fewer and fewer people repaired cheap systems, our recycle collector suggested we collect all electronic waste as a public service. Thus in 2012 we began to collect electronic waste for free for our community.
Electronic recycling use to be Free, but why no more?
Normally all the electronic waste is crushed and chipped in huge enclosed machines to plastic and metal pellets, then sold. China used to buy almost all United States electronic waste, but in 2018 they reduced it, and in 2019 they stopped. They require all electronic waste to be sorted to +99% purity, which is terribly labor intensive. So now it is far more difficult to recycle electronic waste as fewer companies want to deal with the environmental hassles, and much of it is now simply stored, without knowing what to do with it. Electronic waste is illegal to put in landfill, yet too expensive to sort, so is piling high in empty lots, like a scene from the movie Wall-e.
This has added costs, up and down the electronic waste industry, so we need to charge for the items now. At a minimum our expenses on electronic waste includes sorting, handling and storing the waste for pickup. Even though it is not a break even proposition, we are still doing it as a community service.
What things have Residual Value?
People are surprised that many things they bring in for recycling they think have value because they paid huge amount when they bought it, but really don’t. For example, old computers and TVs, stereos, etc have little or no value. If they have problems (like mechanical or electrical issues) then they have nearly zero value, because the cost of repair far exceeds what it is worth, not to mention sourcing decades old parts and time it takes to repair and test.
The only items that have some residual value (and even these are dropping quickly) are smartphones that are unlocked, and working laptops. Some other things may have value, but the trouble of refitting it, and then finding a buyer is usually not worth the trouble.
It is sad for us to see many good items go to the crushers because of this.
We have two types of fees. By item, where each item is charged a fee, or a set charge for a set weight. Otherwise the charge is by poundage. The standard fees are listed below: However, we do have internet specials. Just print or download to get benefits. Fees can also be offest by recycling
Standard Electronic recycling Fees
- Collection Fee By Item (less than 20 lbs), $2.00 per item
- Collection Fee by Item (more than 20 lbs) $5.00 per item
- Collection Fee by poundage: $0.25 per pound.
Electronic Recycling Waste that Offsets Fees
- smart phones that are UNLOCKED.
- Apple phones, ipads, etc that are UNLOCKED
- working laptops and tablets.
Internet Specials and Coupons
Download and print, then bring to the electronic recycling center
Areas we Serve:
We serve south Orange County, and the cities of San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Dana Point, Coto de Caza, Aliso Viejo.