Holidays 2012: Recycle Lights, Phones and Coats; Donate New Toys

Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!

Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone?

The City of Cupertino and other organizations in and around town have solutions for you.

E-waste, Furniture and Other Stuff

Items such as computers, monitors, cell phones, CFL and fluorescent tubes can be turned in at the next Environmental Recycling Day and Document Shredding Event on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at De Anza College’s Parking Lot A.

From the City’s monthly newsletter here’s a list of what can be dropped off:

• Electronic Waste (i.e., computers, monitors and printers)

• U-Waste (batteries, cell phones, CFLs and fluorescent tubes)

• Reusable furniture (not dirty, stained, or torn. No mattresses),

• Clothing

• No Paint or toxic chemicals

• Residential documents (for confidential onsite shredding; two box limit).

Recycling Day is in addition to the free e-waste drop off location offered weekly by for residents of Cupertino at Apple Computer.

Look for more details on the Calendar of Events at www.cupertino.org or contact Recology at 408-725-4020.

Christmas Trees

Trees (flocked or not) need to be cut into 5-foot lengths, with all decorations and stands removed and placed in your brown yard waste cart or curbside on regular collection days during the month of January. Trees will be picked up at apartment and condominium complexes during the same period. Apartment managers should call Recology Cupertino when the complex is ready for tree pick-up at 408-725-4020.



Goodwill has several locations in and around the area that accept donations of household goods, clothing, books, CDs, DVDs and other items. Click here for a map of all Silicon Valley locations and below are listed the closest to Cupertino:

  • 1125 S De Anza Blvd., San Jose
  • 5205 Prospect Rd., San Jose
  • 715 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd., Sunnyvale
  • 2175 Grant Rd., Los Altos

One Warm Coat

Donate a gently-used coat, brand new coat or funds to help keep those in need warm this season. One Warm Coat has two drop-off locations in Cupertino, and many more throughout the area.

  • Peak Physical Therapy, located at 10580 S. De Anza Blvd. will accept coats now through Feb. 8
  • UPS Store at 20660 Stevens Creek Blvd. will accept coats now through Dec. 31.


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