If the electronic item is in working order, donate it to someone who really needs it. Schools, charities, and community groups would be able to make good use of electronic items such as computers, monitors and peripherals. Old cell phones donated are welcomed by the elderly and those who cannot afford new ones.
A number of manufacturing giants willingly accept electronic items for recycling. Notable among them are Acer, Dell, Sony, Hewlett Packard, and Toshiba. In some towns some major retailers offer recycling programs.
Most major wireless companies have some recycling programs in place for cell phone recycling.
Find an on-line company that is willing to buy old MP3 players. These are then resold to someone who is interested in an inexpensive player, or if not in a reusable condition this player is recycled in a responsible manner.
Recycle CDs and DVDs by joining a media recycling club that facilitates exchange of these items.
Old CDs strung on tree branches have been effectively used to scare birds away from fruit trees.
Padded with wool or thread crocheted circles on both sides, CDs make good coasters for drinks.
Alkaline and Carbon Zinc batteries are classified as non-hazardous waste by the federal government and can be placed in normal municipal waste. California State however, has certain restrictions regarding the disposal of these batteries. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at a number of organizations for free.