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Electronic Waste Disposal

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste) includes items that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs), lead, and other materials which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be hazardous waste and should NEVER be placed in regular trash or recycling bins (E-Waste is generally considered anything with a plug/circuit board).

The following are examples of E-Waste:

  • Monitors and computer systems
  • Televisions
  • VCR and DVD players
  • Cell phones
  • Printers, fax machines, and copiers
  • Radios and tape players
  • Microwaves and toasters/toaster ovens
  • Vacuum cleaners


To dispose of E-Waste, the City of Palm Desert and Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services encourages residents to schedule a Bulky Item Pick-up. Residents simply contact Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 to schedule a pick-up and place up to four (4) items out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on their regular trash day.

Residents can also dispose of E-Waste by dropping items off at Burrtec’s Recycle Center located at 41-800 Corporate Way in Palm Desert. The facility accept E-Waste free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Verification of residency is required (e.g. drivers license or utility bill with name and Palm Desert address).


Palm Desert businesses that generate small quantities of hazardous waste, including E-Waste, (up to 27 gallons or 220 lbs. or 2.2 lbs of extremely hazardous waste per month) are considered Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG). Qualifying businesses simply contact the CESQG hotline at (800) 952-5566 to schedule an appointment to drop-off their hazardous waste. This facility accepts both U-Waste and E-Waste and is located at 41-800 Corporate Way in Palm Desert. The City pays for the first $300.00 of disposal costs annually for qualifying businesses and verification of business location is required (e.g. a City business license).

Palm Desert residents and businesses should consider donating their working computers or other electronic devises to a local charity or thrift store for reuse. Many organizations will pick-up items free of charge.


Third Saturday in September at Palm Desert City Hall, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive - drop-off between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Acceptable items include anything with a plug or circuit board. Note: Large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, and dryers will not be accepted at the event.
* location, date, and time subject to change

Please call the Public Works Department for additional information at (760) 776-6450, or email