samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Game Consoles Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Recycle with E-Waste samsonovs / Shutterstock.com An estimated 50 million tons of E-Waste is produced each year! It is illegal to dispose of these materials in our landfills, or our trash cans. Examples of -waste includes televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, and tablets. Please help the City of Oceanside recycle Electronic Waste. It is easy with the following enhanced services: Schedule a Curbside Pick-up: Residents can schedule curbside collection of up to five e-waste items three times annually. To schedule a free e-waste pick up, call Waste Management’s Customer Service line at least 24 hours in advance of your pick up day. Call (760) 439-2824. E-waste may also be dropped off at Waste Management’s buyback center at 2880 Industry Street, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm (closed 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm for lunch) at no charge. Proof of Oceanside residency is required. Don't Throw Away Game consoles are made of recyclable parts, including the circuit board and plastic casing. Game consoles can leach harmful metals into the environment, so never throw them away. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Buy Back Program Best Buy will take back video game consoles and many other home electronics for free through their recycling program. They also run a trade-in program for video games and consoles. Nintendo Product Recycling Nintendo offers a free take back program for their hardware, software, accessories and chargers. They also accept video game consoles from customers who have purchased a Nintendo console. Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program Trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit or cash. Electronics Recovery and Recycling Program California passed the Electronics Recycling Act of 2003 to regulate how electronics are handled at the end of their life. Find out which organizations will take back unwanted or damaged electronics. Ways to Reduce Clean Your Console Keep your game consoles in good shape by cleaning them to prevent debris from clogging the vents or scratching games. Check out this helpful article on how to clean a video game system. Ways to Reuse Sell on eBay Even if your video game console is broken, consider selling it online. There are people who want to buy broken video game consoles in order to recover working parts, which they use to fix other consoles. Donate to Thrift Shops You can drop off any unwanted video consoles at a thrift shop so they don’t end up in a landfill.