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Solar Panels - Working

Photovoltaic devices that convert the sunlight into electricity or heat.

Household Hazardous Waste

This item should never be put in a curbside bin. For more information visit our household hazardous waste page.

Problem with your solar panels? Contact your installer or service provider for repair options. If the panels need to be replaced but still operate, donate for reuse or contact a reseller (ex. Habitat for Humanity). In California, DTSC lists approved Solar Panel Recyclers. Most recyclers only accept from large private companies or government contracts - not from consumers. Solar Panel Handlers consolidate and then send them to recyclers. Many panels don't make it to recyclers due to the cost to recycle per panel; panels are most often transported to other states for recycling.

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC - choose Solar under Products) holds the most current links to policy, studies, and articles on solar panels. Considering solar? PG&E's Residential Guide to Solar Installation. Solar Permitting Guidebook (4th Edition). The California Energy Commission maintains a list of PV modules available by manufacturer and model number, and includes the hazardous content.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Urban Ore 900 Murray St. Berkeley Reuse Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Call first. Only in reuse condition. Inverters and racking as well. Buyback based on watts and brand.
Surplus Service 3090 Osgood Ct Fremont Reuse Pick-up for a Fee
Metal & Catalyst Resources 1513 West Dallas St
Suite 200
Houston Reuse Drop-off for a Fee
Solar Recycling Company Directory (ENF) Oakland Recycle Free Mail-in Online listing of companies providing recycling
PV Recycling 2212 North 23rd Avenue Phoenix Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Commercial quantity
Jinko Solar (US) 595 Market St
Suite 2200
San Francisco Reuse Pick-up for a Fee Commercial quantity
San Francisco Recycling South San Francisco Reuse Pick-up for a Fee accepts solar panels including functional/working, non-working, broken panels, and aluminum frames. Panels are refurbished, and non-working and replaced parts are recycled when possible. $40/panel No wires cut, no cracks or burn marks, frames intact, 170 watts+ . Min trip fee $45-65 per trip applied depending on quantity & location.
San Francisco Recycling South San Francisco Recycle Pick-up for a Fee accepts solar panels including functional/working, non-working, broken panels, and aluminum frames. Panels are refurbished, and non-working and replaced parts are recycled when possible. $40/panel No wires cut, no cracks or burn marks, frames intact, 170 watts+ . Min trip fee $45-65 per trip applied depending on quantity & location.
First Solar 350 West Washington St
Suite 600
Tempe Reuse Pick-up for a Fee large quantities
Recycle1234: E-Waste & Solar Panel Recycling Center 33548 Central Ave Union City Reuse Drop-off for a Fee Drop off fee of $35 per working or non-working PV module for refurbishing or recycling.
Bay Area Electronics Recycling Center (Union City) 33548 Central Ave Union City Recycle Drop-off for a Fee, Pick-up for a Fee Call first. Flat recycling, refurbishment & processing fee. $25/panel (up to 65lbs). No thin film units. $125/hr pick up fee or drop-off to UC Warehouse
SRS (Solarsilicon Reycling Services) 2433 Eastman Ave Ventura Recycle Drop-off for a Fee Large/commercial quantity. ignot & ignot production equipment
SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Assn.) 600 14th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington DC Reuse Free Mail-in Online info. The National PV Recycling Program, founded in 2016, is a network of recycling and refurbishment providers that can provide end-of-life management services to solar and storage installers, project and system owners, developers, distributors and other parties. These organizations are capable of providing repair, refurbish, resale, and recycling services for PV modules, inverters and other solar equipment.
SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Assn.) 600 14th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington DC Repair Free Mail-in Online info. The National PV Recycling Program, founded in 2016, is a network of recycling and refurbishment providers that can provide end-of-life management services to solar and storage installers, project and system owners, developers, distributors and other parties. These organizations are capable of providing repair, refurbish, resale, and recycling services for PV modules, inverters and other solar equipment.
SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Assn.) 600 14th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington DC Recycle Free Mail-in Online info. The National PV Recycling Program, founded in 2016, is a network of recycling and refurbishment providers that can provide end-of-life management services to solar and storage installers, project and system owners, developers, distributors and other parties. These organizations are capable of providing repair, refurbish, resale, and recycling services for PV modules, inverters and other solar equipment.

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