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How Do I Recycle Computer Equipment?

By Recyclebank |

E-cycling your unwanted computer monitors and printers will make the most of them and keep them out of the trash.

Dear Recyclebank,

How do I recycle an old computer monitor, keyboard, printer, and copier?

- Barry S., Redondo Beach, CA

Dear Barry,

E-waste (electronic waste) is one of the fastest growing types of waste in the U.S., and there are several options for recycling different types. E-cycling (electronics recycling) can reclaim plastic, metal, glass, and other valuable components, as well as keeping hazardous materials such as lead out of the environment.

There are a number of drop-off electronics recycling programs offered by retailers and manufacturers. Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples are major retailers that accept a wide variety of old gadgets for recycling, including monitors, keyboards, and desktop printer/copiers. Check with each retailer to see if e-waste is accepted for free or if there is a fee associated with some or all e-waste items. You may find that some even offer trade-in programs. You can also use the GreenerGadgets search function to find e-cyclers near you.

Even better, if your unwanted electronics still work, consider donating them as-is! Local schools may be grateful for the equipment, or you can check Charity Navigator for charities near you that may be seeking donations.


Have you had any experiences with drop-off or trade-in recycling for your old electronics? Tell us about it in the comments.

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    Local Glendale Batteries Plus store has a computer electronic drop box.
  • Aaron c. 2 years ago
    Our local Hannaford store for a while had a ewaste vending machine. They offered money for useable iPods, and phones but you could drop off wires, batteries, and broken phones. I haven't had much luck getting rid of monitors I've always had to pay. I'm going to look up what other drop offs are around and try to spread the word locally. It's hard for a lot of people to find that information
  • lisa r. 2 years ago
    I do always
  • Susan . 2 years ago
    I always donate old cell phone to a battered women's shelter. 911 can be dialed from any cell phone - even one that has no other service.
  • VICKI R. 2 years ago
    My local computer store, Equipped Solution, in Surprise took all my old electronic's that I had been sitting around for years for me after I had them repair my computer. I was happy to get rid of them finally. Best Buy and Staples too far from me.
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