Santa was generous this year! All around Milpitas he left iPads, cell phones, laptops, video game systems, flat screen TVs and other electronics.
Now, you’re faced with the dilemma of what to do with your old stuff.
You can’t throw it away, because of the metals sealed into the tiny components.
Luckily, though, you have plenty of options.
First, you can try to sell your old devices. Take out a free ad on Craig’s List, or set them aside for your next garage sale.
If you can’t find any takers or you just don’t want to bother with selling them, you can always give them away. Freecycle’s Milpitas group is incredibly busy with people requesting things or offering items. You can browse through recent postings to see if anyone has requested the item you no longer need, or offer it to the group.
If Freecycle isn’t your style, donate to an established charity. There is a store on Abbott Avenue, and a manned donation truck tucked behind Citibank in the Beresford Square Shopping Center on Milpitas Boulevard.
Don’t drop any electronics into unmanned donation boxes, though—those are only meant for clothing and shoes.
But what if your stuff is so old that you can’t even give it away? Your final option is E-Waste Recycling.
The City of Milpitas has put together a list of businesses that accept E-Waste. Call ahead to find out if they accept the items you have to recycle. Some recyclers charge fees for some items.
Milpitas E-Waste Recycling Sites:
McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center
63 Ranch Drive, Milpitas
Mondays - Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
1680 S. Main St., Milpitas
Open Everyday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1090 Pecten Ct., Milpitas
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Elite Recycling Services
743 Montague Expressway, Milpitas
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.