What's the best way to dispose of e-waste?

Computers and peripherals are filled with hazardous waste products, so it’s essential to dispose of them properly and safely. Before doing anything with a computer you no longer want, be sure to wipe the data clean from the hard disk (deleting files is not enough). If you are not selling the equipment, be sure to work with a reputable e-waste operation.

http://www.lacitysan.org/solid_resources/special/hhw/safe_centers/

The West Los Angeles location is at UCLA and has the following hours as of January 31, 2008:
-β€”β€” West Los Angeles: UCLA
550 Charles E. Young Dr. West
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Hours of Operation:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • We will accept electronic waste on Saturday only.
    • Note: All Waste Collection Services are suspended during rainy weather

Outside of Los Angeles, Earth911 maintains a directory of recycling locations:
http://earth911.com/