Electronic Waste and Battery Recycling

What is Electronic Waste?

Electronic waste (E-Waste) refers to the electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life and are discarded, donated, or given to a recycler, and it has become one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world.  According to a 2019 report by the United Nations (UN) E-Waste Coalition, the world produces approximately 50 million tons of E-Waste every year, and this is expected to more than double to 110 million tons by 2050.  Approximately 80% of this E-Waste ends up in landfills where it leaches into soil and groundwater, risking food supply systems and water sources, or it is informally recycled in developing countries, exposing workers to hazardous substances such as mercury and lead.  In addition to these pollution and health impacts, improper handling of E-Waste results in a loss of valuable and finite raw materials such as gold, copper, and platinum.

Proper E-Waste recycling helps ensure E-Waste does not end up in landfill or improperly disposed in an unregulated site in the U.S. or abroad. When conscious consumers responsibly dispose their E-Waste through certified E-Waste recyclers, electronics are safely disassembled so the valuable raw materials are recovered and recycled and toxic chemicals are properly handled.  

Curbside Collection of E-Waste

E-Waste is accepted as part of Union City’s bulky item collection program. To schedule a bulky item collection, call Republic Services at (510) 657-3500. Single-family and parcelized multi-family properties are eligible for two bulky item collections annually at no additional cost.

E-Waste Drop-Off Collection

Tri-CED Community Recycling is a state-certified E-Waste collection facility that accepts E-Waste year-round and has been safely handling E-Waste for almost 20 years. During business hours, conveniently drive through to drop off your old television set, laptop, computer monitor/keyboards, desktop printer/copier, stereo and stereo equipment, cell phones, and other electronic waste at no additional cost. No appointment necessary.

Tri-CED Community Recycling
33377 Western Avenue
Union City, CA
(510) 429-8030

Open 5 Days a Week:
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Monday and Sunday

Refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, dishwashers, small appliances such as fans and hair dryers, and other "bulky" items do not qualify as E-Waste. For these items, please call Republic Service at (510) 657-3500 to arrange for a bulky item collection.

Battery & Cell Phone Recycling

Curbside collection of common household batteries and cell phones is available in Union City. Accepted items include AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt, alkaline, rechargeable, lithium and coin cells, small button-size batteries for watches and hearing aids and all cell phones and cell phone batteries.

  • Call Tri-CED at (510) 429-8030 to request a clear plastic zip-lock bag for battery and cell phone recycling along with instructions.
  • Put batteries and cell phones in the bag. For safety reasons, please tape the ends of lithium batteries to prevent combustion.
  • On your regular collection day, place the sealed plastic bag on the ground next to your brown recycling cart (not inside the cart)
  • No car batteries please.

For your convenience, the City of Union City has also established battery collection stations at City Hall and in our community centers. Look for the battery drop-off display at the following locations:

  • City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
  • Ruggieri Senior Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road
  • Mark Green Sports Center, 31224 Union City Blvd
  • Kennedy Community Center, 1333 Decoto Road
  • Holly Community Center, 31600 Alvarado Blvd