Stereo Equipment Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Hazardous Waste Junk Pickup E-Waste As e-waste, stereo equipment can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. The City’s Junk Pickup Program takes stereo components as well. If your items are in good condition, consider donating them. Never Throw in the Garbage Stereo equipment contains toxic chemicals that can leach into the environment, so never throw them in the garbage. Small electronics contain chemicals like brominated flame retardants, mercury, cadmium and lead, which can pollute waterways.