FAQs
Below are 1st Choice Recycling FAQ's that hopefully will address any questions you may have. Should you not see a question below that addresses your need, please feel free to contact us.


  1. How often do you have eWaste events?
  2. How do I go about setting up a e-Waste fundraiser?
  3. Does it cost anything to deliver items to your e-Waste Collection events?
  4. Why do you need our name and address information for CRT monitors and TV's?
  5. Can I get a tax credit for the items I drop off at the eWaste events?
  6. Do I need to bring my items in boxes or can I drop them off as is?
  7. Do you provide home pick ups?  
  8. Do you have a daily drop off center?
  9. I would like to recycle my computer but am concerned about my financial and proprietary information on my hard-drive?
  10. How long are your e-Waste Collection Events?
  11. Why should I use 1st Choice Recycling?
  12. What does CRT mean?
  13. What does e-Waste mean?
  14. What should I do with batteries?
  15. What can I do to prepare for the next ewaste event?
  16. Will my electronic items end up in the Third World country toxic dumps like India or China?
  17. What is toxic in our e-Waste?
   
   
  1. How often do you have eWaste events?
We are striving to have at least (one) Free e-Waste collection event a month, so if you happen to miss any, you can always follow our website for the next local event.

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  2. How do I go about setting up a e-Waste fundraiser?
Please go the Fundraising Opportunity and send us all the information about your fundraising opportunity needed. You will then be contacted about next possible times available and information needed to setup a successful event.

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  3. Does it cost anything to deliver items to your Free e-Waste Collection events?
As stated all of our e-Waste Collection Events are entirely free, but we do need to assure that all TV's and Monitors collected have a valid California resident address, to be accepted and processed within the state.

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  4. Why do you need our name and address information for CRT monitors and TV's?
This is a California state requirement for getting payment for the recycling of CRT's and assure that this content is from a California resident. Your personal information provided will never be rented, shared, sold or distributed.

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  5. Can I get a tax credit for the items I drop off at the eWaste events?
A majority of our free e-Waste events are coordinated for non-profit organizations, which they can provide you a tax deductible receipt for your items. Since 2007 tax deductibles for donation to charity have changed you need to review the value you can get from your old electronic items.

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  6. Do I need to bring my items in boxes or can I drop them off as is?
There is really no need to box them. We would appreciate if you can sort and keep batteries and cell phones bagged or boxed separately, so they can be processed quickly within our staging zones.

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  7. Do you provide home pick ups?  
We do occasionally provide large screen TV pickup for a nominal fee, but we otherwise ask that you to bring all your other e-Waste items to our next available free collection event. If for any reason you can't wait to help support our next fundraising event, then we can provide you a list of reputable collector/recyclers that have drop off locations.

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  8. Do you have a daily drop off center?
No. We have monthly events and encourage you to wait for our next event that will benefit local non-profit fundraising programs. If for any reason you can't wait we can provide you some alternative reputable collection centers.

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  9. I would like to recycle my computer but am concerned about my financial and proprietary information on my hard-drive?
1st Choice Recycling understands how much emphasis companies place on protecting their proprietary information. In addition, consumer privacy legislation has forced companies to protect any consumer information they might have obtained. At 1st Choice Recycling we strive to have the most stringent standards on ensuring that no information can ever be retrieved from any hard-drive that we receive at our events. We exclusively work with only reputable Certified California Recyclers that use the highest Department of Defense Standards, assuring every hard drive received by our events is wiped clean of data for recycling resale and/or properly shredded if obsolete. So there is no reason why you should hang on to your old computers.

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  10. How long are your e-Waste Collection Events?
Majority of our events are on Saturday's from 9AM to 4PM.

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  11. Why should I use 1st Choice Recycling?
Our company built on trust, was established to help our local community provide a safe means to properly dispose their highly toxic e-waste products. We also wanted to provide a fundraising opportunity for many non-profit organizations to help fund their technology upgrades and other and worthy programs. Our site is also referenced as an informational resource for helping you to become more aware of how to reduce your impact on our environment. Along with helping our local non-profit fundraising activities, we also donate a percentage of our profits to the Cousteau Society Organization for preventing Global Pollution. This is a WIN/WIN for our community which you should feel good about. Your donations are helping to raise needed funds for several non-profit organizations and provide a safe reliable location to get rid of your old electronic items to be recycled. They will never end up in our landfills or 3rd world countries.

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  12. What does CRT mean?
Cathode Ray Tube are commonly found in all monitors and TV's and are classified as hazardous.

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  13. What does e-Waste mean?
The term "e-waste" is loosely applied to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life.

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  14. What should I do with batteries?
One of the most common used products that are creating a lot problems in our landfills today is the common batteries used in your flashlights, hand held controllers, and toys today. Never toss these in the garbage as they will end up in our landfills and quickly pollute our soil and water. Store batteries in a safe place and then bring them to your local retailer to properly dispose and have them recycled. Avoid buying cheap throw away toxic batteries and use rechargeable batteries as much as possible.  Taking this step will reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in the long run. Also be sure to take all your rechargeable batteries for your cameras, camcorders, cell phones etc.. to these same local retailers for proper recycling because they are very toxic.

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  15. What can I do to prepare for the next ewaste event?
If you received your local door flyer please keep and bring this sheet with you. Please be sure it has been filled out with your name, address and number of CRT Monitors and/or TVs being donated. Doing this will help us process your items quickly. If you donbt have a sheet, feel free to download one from our next Ewaste event website.

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  16. Will my electronic items end up in the Third World country toxic dumps like India or China?
Absolutely Not! The basis and creation of 1st Choice Recycling was to assure that all our e-Waste collected from our local community collection events are properly recycled with the highest and strictest standards. We are certified by the state of California and only work with Reputable Certified Recyclers to assure your electronic items are properly recycled for reuse and/or broken down to reusable elements for the creation of new electronics.

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  17. What is toxic in our e-Waste?
Go here to get information about what is toxic in our e-waste.

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