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Electronic Waste

Solana Center's e-waste program is now open! Drop off is available on Thursdays, 12 - 5 PM and Saturdays, 9 AM - 1 PM. Please see staff at front door before unloading. All customers must log their drop off by completing the the link below. All unloading must be performed by customer, staff will not be able to assist.

*Solana Center is now requesting a $5 donation for e-waste processing so that we are able to continue offering this collection program to the community.*

Did you know that E-waste only represents about 2% of the waste in America's landfills, but equals around 70% of the overall toxic waste? This toxic waste can eventually pollute our groundwater supply.

To process e-waste Solana Center partners with Urban Corps - a local nonprofit that provides job training and educational opportunities to struggling youth ages 18-26 years old in the San Diego area. Urban Corps transports the electronic waste that you drop off to Gold’n West Surplus Inc., a large scale electronic recycler in Corona, CA who process 4 million pounds of e-waste per month. They are in line with the strictest industry standards and EPA regulations including ISO1400, OHSAS18001, and R-2 certifications to sustainably recycle E-waste while also protecting the environment and their workers. Solana Center accepts certain types of electronic waste, light bulbs, and batteries for recycling at our main office, located at 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas. View our office hours or contact us to make an appointment

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy by keeping this toxic hazardous waste out of our landfills and groundwater.


Light Bulbs

Solana Center accepts compact fluorescent (CFL), LED, and other light bulbs for recycling. We do not accept incandescent light bulbs.


You can drop off your old batteries at Solana Center for recycling! To prepare your batteries for recycling, we recommend packaging used batteries in a plastic bag. For additional safety, tape over the contact points to prevent accidental shocks. Do not use duct tape for this.

Accepted Electronic Waste

Solana Center has partnered with Urban Corps of San Diego to accept e-waste for recycling!

Solana Center accepts the following e-waste:


  • Appliances - small (blenders, fans, microwaves, electronic razors)

  • Cameras (film, digital, antique, etc.)

  • Cell phones, iPods, landline phones and answering machines

  • Chargers and cords

  • Christmas Lights

  • Computers and laptops

  • Computer accessories (mice, keyboards, etc)

  • External Hard Drives

  • Electronic toys and games

  • Fax machines
  • LEDs

  • Monitors/flat panel display

  • MP3 players and CD players

  • Network Equipment (routers, modems, switchboards, etc.)

  • Radios

  • Small home or office printers

  • Speakers, stereos, radios (not wood)

  • Turn Tables

  • TVs

  • VCR, VHS, and DVD players

  • Video Game Systems

  • Walkie Talkies

Not Acceptable Electronic Waste 

Solana Center does not accept any of the following e-waste:

  • Any liquids or powders
  • Air conditioners
  • Carbon Monoxide or Smoke Detectors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Freezers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Refrigerators
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Wet Cell Batteries
  • Heaters
  • Power tools
  • VHS tapes, CD's, floppy disks

Ink, Cell Phones and Small Electronics

Additionally, you may sign up to recycle inkjets, cell phones, and small electronics from the comfort of your own home! Solana Center has partnered with Planet Green to provide recyclers an opportunity to ship their ink cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics to a recycler for free! Visit Planet Green’s website for more details:

*NOTE: Solana Center does not accept Household Hazardous Waste. No medical waste drop-offs are allowed. Please visit the Vista Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility or Poway Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.