Alternative ways to recycle
Trash Electronic Waste

Consider Reuse
– If the item is still usable, please donate. Visit Athens’ Material Reuse page for ideas.
– Instead of buying new, support local businesses by having them repair and refurbish broken items. Search for repair options in your area. 

Disposal Options
– Automatic or mechanical watches can be placed in the trash. All batteries must be removed before disposal.
– Electronic or smart watches should be disposed of as Electronic Waste.

How to Dispose of E-Waste
City Specific Disposal Options
Please check with your city page (residential or commercial) to confirm if electronic waste (e-waste) disposal options are available, such as home collection, drop-off locations, and/or events. (These options vary per city.)

Household E-Waste Drop-Off
Your city or county may offer E-Waste and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off sites and collection events.
– Los Angeles County: S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and events
– Riverside County

– San Bernardino County
– Ventura County 

Disposal Options For Businesses
E-waste cannot be placed in your containers. Schedule a Special Waste Collection by emailing [email protected] or calling Athens’ Customer Service Department at 888-336-6100. Fees may apply.

Some e-waste drop-off centers may allow drop off by small business generators (check links above).


Remove Batteries

Batteries need to be removed before the watch is discarded. Improperly disposing of batteries can leach lead and acid into the environment. If you can’t remove the batteries, the watch cannot be put in the garbage. Find out how to dispose of batteries.


Smartwatches Are E-Waste

Smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch, should be recycled as e-waste because they contain electronic parts. Find out how to recycle e-waste. 

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Sell to USA Watch Repair

USA Watch Repair purchases old watches to disassemble and obtain parts for restoration projects. They also sell these purchases to watch dealers. Find out more.