Editor’s Note: This story is by GreenerGadgets.org and was originally published as “Find Environmentally Friendly Electronics Recycling Centers Locally.”
It’s important to responsibly recycle your electronics at the end of their life. Many of the components in the devices can be recycled to make other products. Consumer electronics contain metal, plastic and glass that can be used in new products.
If your product is still in good condition, you should consider reselling or donating it to your local school, retirement home, charitable organization or community center. You might be surprised how valuable your “old” device is to someone else.
Another option is recycling. Use the Consumer Electronics Association’s zip code locator to find a recycling location near you. This list includes only industry programs, which use strict standards and third-party certified recyclers, so you can rest assured your device will be recycled responsibly!
If you’re using CEA’s zip code locator, remember — before you drop off your old TV, computer or other device, check the location’s “More Info” link to see which products the recycler accepts or call ahead to confirm they’ll accept your device.
Please note, some locations do not accept TVs over a certain size unless you purchase a new TV; then, they will haul away your old TV for free. If you have a large TV that does not meet the requirements of your first choice of drop-off locations, consider using one of the other locations listed.
A national CEA recycling survey conducted in 2014 found that 59 percent of all consumers know where they can recycle their consumer electronics - and now that you do too, please recycle!
Many CEA members and industry partners also have their own e-cycling programs:
- Amazon.com offers gift cards through its electronics trade-in program.
- Best Buy has multiple options to help you reuse and recycle your electronics. Best Buy offers in-store recycling and trade-in services, as well as haul-away services for larger TVs and appliances.
- Close the Gap makes reused and refurbished computers available to underprivileged individuals in Africa and other developing countries.
- Digital Links has distributed over 50,000 reused computers to the developing world and provided access to technology for over 125,000 individuals.
- e-Cycle purchases mobile phones and tablets for reuse and recycling. They provide free data deletion and shipping.
- Gazelle.com has paid out nearly $25 100 million for consumer electronics.
- Hewlett-Packard in partnership with Staples, provides free .electronics recycling for all brands of office electronics (excludes TVs) at Staples stores across the U.S. HP also offers customers a choice of cash, donation to charity, or HP gift card for most computer equipment — visit the website to get a quote.
- LG Electronics offers a customized e-waste take-back and recycling service that meets local needs and requirements in the countries where e-waste regulations are in place, and also provides product and packaging take-back and recycling service voluntarily in some countries at no cost to the consumer.
- NextWorth offers great values for your used devices through both online and in-store programs.
- Panasonic offers a plan for recycling of Toughbook® mobile computers that have reached the end of their life-cycle. The process works the same for all customers and is free of charge.
- Samsung Recycling Direct (SRD) Program: supports responsible management of e-waste material and opposes export of unprocessed materials to developing countries. Numerous SRD drop -off locations accept SAMSUNG-branded and non-SAMSUNG-branded consumer electronics for no fee.
- Staples offers cash for printer cartridges and in partnership with Hewlett-Packard provides free .electronics recycling for all brands of office electronics (excludes TVs) at Staples stores across the U.S.