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You can dispose of computers and computer monitors for free at E-waste recycling sites in San Luis Obispo County.  Several local businesses and organizations also accept computers for reuse, refurbishment or recycling. 

Achievement House
3003 Cuesta College Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-9383
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
Map & Directions
Call first.

Ben’s Computer Outlet
983 West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 489-0222
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm
Map & Directions
Accepts computers and related equipment. No monitors. Call first.

Captain Nemo Comics
563 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-6366
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sundays 11am – 6pm
Maps & Directions
Accepts used computers, software and accessories. No monitors.

Exploration Station
867 Ramona Avenue, P. O. Box 1117, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 473-1421
Hours: Thursday – Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Map & Directions
Accepts computers, laptops, monitors and other office electronics, which are repaired and donated to school-age children, families and others who are in need of a computer with limited means to purchase a new one.

NCI Affiliates, Inc.
1625 Commerce Way, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 434-3811
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm
Map & Directions
Accepts computers, monitors, keyboards and other electronics. PIck-up available for a fee.

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Never Throw in the Trash

Computers contain many metals like mercury, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health and the environment. Never throw them in the trash because they can leach into the water and soil.

Remove Your Personal Information

Before recycling your computer or tablet, make sure you remove all sensitive and personal information from it first. Deleting files won’t do the trick; you’ll need to completely wipe your hard drive. Learn more from Brown University and Stanford

Alternative Ways to Recycle


HP Hardware Recycling

HP accepts computer and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling, cash back or trade-ins. Get a quote for your hardware or a mail-in voucher here.


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back old computers and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a buyback program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a location here.


Staples' Take Back Program

Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers, and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.


Apple Store Gift Card

Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple can give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more.


Dell Reconnect Drop-Off and Mail-Back Program

Dell Reconnect will accept most computer equipment from any brand for recycling at many Goodwill drop-off locations. They also have a free mail-back program if you are recycling Dell products or wish to purchase a new Dell product. Find out more.


Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program

Visit any Microsoft store location to trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit. If your items no longer carry substantial value, they will be wiped of data and safely recycled. If you aren’t near a store location, you can request a prepaid postage label to mail in your items.


Sims Recycling Solutions

Sims Recycling Solutions, who is contracted by Apple, responsibly recycles computers and displays. To recycle a computer, regardless of the brand, pack up the equipment and send it off with a prepaid shipping label.

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Gazelle Trade-In Program

Gazelle purchases used Apple computers, iPods, cell phones and tablets, then refurbishes or recycles them for future use. Get a quote for your item, ship it free of charge and receive payment as soon as they’ve inspected it. Find out more.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Used or Refurbished

Instead of buying a brand new computer, consider buying a used or refurbished model. Most major computer retailers sell refurbished computers, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Best Buy. Many online stores like Amazon, eBay, Newegg and TigerDirect also sell used and refurbished devices.

Did You Know?

The Problem of E-Waste

E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.

How Computers Are Recycled