Electronic Waste Warning
If it plugs in, charges up, or takes batteries, it can't be disposed of in your trash because it could harm you or the environment. Find out about electronics regulations.
This section shows you how to recycle old electronic devices and related items like cables, DVDs and more.
There are lots of repairs you can do at home. Many online resources, listed in the "Outside Santa Barbara" section below, provide instructions on how to fix broken screens, replace cracked body components, and more. And you don't even need an engineering degree!
Some retailers, such as Apple, also provide repair services for their components. Often, this is cheaper than buying a new device.
Can I do it myself?
Repairing your own electronics is like car repair -- done right it can save you a bundle, and generate less trash too. Resources like ifixit.com can help make the job a lot easier. Check out all the do-it-yourself resources below. Just keep in mind that you're on your own if something goes wrong!
Repairing is much better than recycling because it generates less waste, uses less energy, generally costs less than replacement, and you learn a new skill. But be careful! LessIsMore.org and the County of Santa Barbara are not responsible for any damage done to your gizmo and cannot help with specific repairs. If you're worried you may make things worse, use one of the services below instead of doing it yourself.
Where to go
All of Santa Barbara County (2)
Santa Barbara Area (6)
- Alpha Thrift Store — 700 North Milpas Street
- Apple Store — 928 State St.
- Goodwill Industries of Santa Barbara — 4223 State Street (drop-off location only)
- Goodwill Industries of Santa Barbara — 302 W. Carrillo St
- United Family Association Thrift — 5156 Hollister Avenue
- Unity Shoppe — 1219 State Street
Goleta & UCSB Area (2)
Santa Ynez Valley (5)
- Buellton Senior Thrift Store c/o Buellton Senior Center — 56 West Highway 246
- New to You Shop — 1689 Oak
- People Helping People Thrift Store — 545 North Alisal Road, Suite 102
- Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society Treasures Thrift Store — 393 Alisal Road
- Santa Ynez Valley Opportunity Shop — 3630 Sagunto Street, Suite E
Lompoc Valley & VAFB (7)
- Goodwill Industries Lompoc — 1009 North "H" Street
- Second Time Around — 110 West Ocean Avenue
- VTC Enterprises Thrift Store — 608 West Ocean Avenue
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Airman's Attic — Building 11175, New Mexico Avenue
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Balfour Beatty Communities Self-Help Store — 603 Juniper Street
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services — Building 11590, 1205 Utah Avenue
- Vandenberg Air Force Base Thrift Shop — Building 11890, New Mexico Avenue
Santa Maria Valley (5)
Outside Santa Barbara County (5)
April 02, 2017
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- Computer Repair
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- Video Game Reuse
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