Musical Instruments

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Garbage

The following local businesess buy and sell used instruments:

The Starving Musician
1003 Pacific Avenue | (831) 426-1975
Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Sylvan Music and Union Gove
1251 Mission Street | (831) 427-1917
Monday – Sunday 11am – 6pm


Metal Parts = Scrap Metal

Musical instruments can be disassembled and recycled. Metal parts taken from a disassembled musical instrument should be recycled as scrap metal.


If It’s Electronic, It’s E-Waste

Keyboards, electric guitars or any instrument with electronic parts should be disposed of as e-waste.  Find out how to recycle e-waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Instrument Strings Recycling Program

You can recycle any kind of instrument strings and clippings through the Instrument Strings Recycling Program, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how.


Guitars Not Guns

Donate your unwanted guitar to Guitars Not Guns, a volunteer-run organization that provides guitars and lessons to children and at-risk youth in a classroom setting as an alternative to violence. Contact them to make your donation.

Give to Charity

Consider giving gently used musical instruments to a charitable organization, such Charity Music or Hungry for Music. Public schools also tend to accept used instruments for their music programs.

Ways to Reduce


Buy Used Instruments

Instead of purchasing a new musical instrument, consider buying a used instrument that is in good condition. Used instruments are less expensive than new instruments and can help reduce your carbon footprint.


Buy Coated Strings

Coated strings last longer than standard strings because they are of higher quality. Although they are slightly more expensive, purchasing coated strings cuts down on how often you need to switch out your strings.

Did You Know?

One Man's Waste Is Another Man's Music

Some musical instruments need to be recycled as e-waste, but one musician is taking e-waste and turning that into an instrument. Colten Jackson, founder of the Electronic Waste Orchestra, created an instrument out of six old hard drives and an old keyboard number pad. 

Electric Waste Orchestra