The Story

Compuboost, founded in 1992 to service computers, always had ewaste, primarily from people that abandoned repairing their electronics (like computer, printers, etc) because it was too expensive to repair, reletive 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 e-waste as a public service. Thus in 2012 we began to collect ewaste for free for our community.

It use be Free, but why no more?

Normally all the ewaste is crushed and chipped in huge enclosed machines to plastic and metal pellets, then sold. China used to buy almost all US ewaste, but in 2018 they reduced it, and in 2019 they stopped. They require all ewaste to be sorted to +99% purity, which is terribly labor intensive. So now it is far more difficult to recycle ewaste 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. Ewaste 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 ewaste industry, so we need to charge for the items now. 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.

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.

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.

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