sustainability [suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee]
The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources,  and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance


ewasteSF recycles Electronics, Furniture, Misc Junk, Paint, Batteries
               Styrofoam and most items used in your office or home (except common trash)


               ewasteSF cannot accept Chemicals or Cleaning Supplies or Pressure Tanks
                  (Fire Extinguishers Ok)





       ewasteSF and Partnering Processors achieve 90-95% Landfill Diversion


How we do it

Step 1.  Make Recycling Easy 

OUR SERVICES ARE EASY TO USE   Easy Recycling = More Recycling 

WE ENGAGE NEW TECHNOLOGY    We leverage technology to improve diversion and logistics

WE EMBRACE REPORTING   Our Recycle Management Portal lets companies track recycling in Real Time.

Step 2.  Maintain Authentic Data and Set Goals

  • Reuse, Donation

  • Recycling

  • Composting

  • Repurpose Onsite, Repurpose Offsite

  • Landfill

  • On-site storage

  • Other (to be specified by the organization)

Step 3.  Recycle As Many Different Materials As Possible 

First, Items are picked up from your location & transported to our San Francisco facility for processing and data destruction. After sorting and documenting materials at our facility, California processors pick up materials for further processing which includes grinding and smelting. Your business and consumer products are returned back to a state where they can be re-used in other applications. For Data Destruction see Data Destruction Policy.  Please Note:  We cannot accept Items which are owned by a 3rd party.


Content was provided from the respective recycle's website                

      Aaron Metals - Wire, Steel, Alloys

      DR3 Recycling - Fabrics, Fabric Related ie. Mattresses, Books

      Paper Rush Recycling - Paper, Manuals

      ERI Refinery- Electronic Waste, CRT
      Zarcs Refinery- Styrofoam, Electronic Waste


Items are picked

up from your location & transported to our San Francisco facility for processing and data destruction.

Processing of Materials

Electronic Waste, Batteries, Toner

CRT Recycling


Fabric, Mattresses

Paper, Cardboard

Misc Office & Home Junk

Styrofoam, Polystyrene

The End-of-life electronics recycling process starts by using a conveyor system which separates common batteries, UPS battery systems, toner cartridges, and fluorescent lights from the less toxic electronics commodities.  The primary shredder breaks down larger pieces to be sized down for sorting with smaller debris. Once separated, electronic waste flows into the secondary shredder where its reduced further into poker chip sized fragments that are optimal for the separation processes. After the e-waste has been shredded into small fragments, approximately 4” x 10” in size, the material goes into separation lines where it is segregated into various commodity types using sophisticated technologies including eddy currents, optical identification, and magnetic separation. The recycling process our partners utilize, ensures that the electronics are refined into clean, high-quality commodities. These commodities i.e. plastics and metals are then re-used in a number of new products and increases the sustainability of our natural resources. 



The first stage in CRT recycling process is to separate and extract lead. Leaded glass proceeds to the a smelting stage where the lead is removed. This happens by placing the tube glass through a smelting process  (known as the funnel). Here the clean glass (known as the panel)  is separated from the lead.  Once lead has been extracted, it is formed into small ingots and can be re-sold.

The second stage in the CRT recycling process separates the non-lead components and places them in the recycling process with general electronics where they are shredded and separated into various commodity types.




Some of the office and home furniture we pick up can be donated through non-profit and local organizations. 

The furniture that cannot be donated has a similar process for recycling as ewaste. Furniture is sorted or dismantled and recyclable parts set aside for processing. Non-recyclable parts such as wood or fabrics  are then re-examined for donating to small local manufactures or within the ongoing buildout of our facilities.


A mattress or boxspring has four primary components: steel, foam, cotton and wood. Each of these components can be recycled.


  • Steel is melted and recast as new items

  • Foam is chipped for use in carpet pad

  • Cotton is used in insulation

  • Wood can be composted or used as fuel


Employees at DR3 split each mattress open and remove the different components, which are baledfor recycling. This is preferable to using a shredder, which mixes all the soft materials and makes them harder to recycle. We’ve also found it more cost-effective than using large machinery designed to do a portion of the separation mechanically.

We collect all types of paper and cardboard by itself and during the process of
collecting "everything else". We also collect paper from our shredding service. Common paper, cardboard and all pulp products are recycled at local pulp processors like Paper Rush in the Bayshore area of San Francisco. Pulp products are not considered hazardous and are bio-degradable in time. We recommend the use a non-wood alternatives like Tree Zero brand paper.  Its a great alternative to wood based pulp paper.


Consumer and business devices and furniture are made of 5 or 6 common elements, plastic, metal, metal alloys, composites, and or a combination of fabric and wood.  The term "Junk" is really a description of all the items listed on this page , when they are unsorted and unclassified.
These items are pre-sorted by our driver at the time of pickup and later re-sorted & dismantled at our facility. The materials are placed with the recycle streams listed on this page and processed. The exception is data sensitive or proprietary technology which follows our data destruction policy.


Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam (XPS), commonly called "Blue Board" manufactured as foam continuous building insulation board used in walls, roofs, and foundations as thermal insulation and water barrier.

Styrofoam is also called Polystyrene, Polystyrene is a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products.


According to EPA, even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill, because the materials and chemicals that make up Styrofoam or polystyrene foam take an incredible amount of time to break down in the environment. Animals may ingest it which blocks their digestive tracts and ultimately causes starvation.

ewasteSF and its partnering refineries provide responsible recycling of Styrofoam by means of densifying rather than putting in landfill. Styrofoam are put through a process of shredding, while adding heat. This densifies the material and extrude a purge patty which becomes recyclable plastic.


The processing of the Styrofoam begins locally in the San Francisco Bay Area. The recyclable plastics that are produced from our densifying process are sent to appropriate partners for re-use in the manufacturing market as plastic commodity. The densifying process have passed rigorous air quality testing for health and environmental safety.