E-Waste Recycling

Before deciding whether you want to recycle, consider the following:

  • selling it to a local pawn shop or online;
  • donating it to a local charity or school; or
  • handing it down to a friend or family member.

California Electronic Waste Recycling Act

In 2004 the state of California passed a law which requires retailers to collect an advanced recovery fee when a consumer purchases a new televisions or monitors. The fee is deposited in a fund managed by the state of California, which was created to finance recycling of unwanted electronics.

Top Resources:

  • Calrecycle's Electronic Recycling Locator - Drop-off locations for computers, laptops and other electronics.
  • Best Buy - Stores will accepts most cell phones, electronics, computers, televisions and ink cartridges and will take them at no charge. 
  • Call2Recycle- Recycle drop off locations for rechargeable batteries, single use batteries, and cell phones.

Computers and Laptops:

Most manufacturers will take back their products for free at the end-of-life.

  • Apple:  Apple offers free recycling of old computers, displays, and peripherals — cables, mice, keyboards, speakers, printers, scanners, media, hard drives, etc. — when you purchase a new Mac or monitor.
  • Dell: Recycle your old Dell products for free. If you buy a new Dell desktop or notebook and select the free recycling option at the time of purchase, they will recycle your old PC and monitor at no cost to you (even if it isn't a Dell-branded product).
  • Hewlett Packard (HP): HP recycles computer equipment, printing supplies, rechargeable batteries and other items, most for free.
  • IBM:  IBM offers solutions for the end-of-life management of computer equipment, printer supplies etc.
  • Lenovo: As part of its product end-of-life management activities, Lenovo offers consumers and/or commercial clients end-of-life management solutions for their computer equipment worldwide through voluntary programs and country programs in which Lenovo participates.
  • Panasonic: Panasonic offers free recycling of consumer electronics including Panasonic Toughbook notebooks.
  • Sony: Sony Electronics, in partnership with Waste Management Inc. offers the “Sony Take Back” program for post-consumer Sony electronics, a free program that accepts anything from cameras to televisions. Recycle up to five Sony products per day by dropping them off at designated Waste Management eCycling Drop-Off Centers throughout the country or mailing them in.
  • Toshiba:  Toshiba offers free recycling of all Toshiba notebooks, gigabeat® MP3 players and packaging as well as low-cost recycling options for other manufacturer laptops and consumer electronics products.

MP3 players

  • Apple: Apple’s free recycling program will take back your iPod or any cell phone regardless of manufacturer or model. You can bring your old iPod to an Apple Retail Store for 10 percent off a new one.
  • Sony:  As part of Sony's GreenFill program, consumers can drop off cameras, phones, portable music and gaming devices, digital photo frames, electronic assessories, GPS navigation, recorders and microphones, alarm clocks and small audio, and rechargeable batteries. Find the nearest Sony Greenfill location to you.

Televisions

  • MRM sites accept Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba and Mitsubishi, brand TVs and consumer electronics such as VCRs and DVDs at no charge.
  • Samsung-branded consumer electronics will be accepted at these locations for no fee. Non-SAMSUNG-branded consumer electronics will be accepted for a nominal fee paid directly to Samsung's contracted recycling partners upon delivery of the e-waste. Contact the location for appropriate fees. Click here for locations.

Toner and Inkjet Cartridges

  • Recycle Your Empty Toner and Inkjet Cartridges - For every item recycled through this program a donation is made to
    the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This organization is committed to eradicating breast cancer as a life threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.
  • Cartridges for Kids is a recycling program that pays schools and non-profit organizations CA$H for: cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, iPods,
    and tablets/eReaders/notebooks.
  • Quill's program - Cartridges can be returned to Quill.com free of charge by using a pre-paid shipping box
  • Planet Green
    - This inkjet cartridge remanufacturing company based in Chatsworth, CA accepts used inkjet printer cartridges and cell phones and the company pays for shipping.
  • Retail drop off locations: Office Depot, Best Buy, Staples, and Office Max
  • Check our Retail drop off locations below to see which stores take back cartridges. 
  • Dell: Recycle your old Dell products for free. If you buy a new Dell desktop or notebook and select the free recycling option at the time of purchase, they will recycle your old PC and monitor at no cost to you (even if it isn't a Dell-branded product).
  • Epson: Epson has a recycling fee of $10 per item (includes shipping). Receive a $5 Epson Store coupon per item returned.
  • HP : Free recycling. Check inside cartridge boxes for return materials (available for some products and countries). 
  • Lexmark has collection programs that recycles inkjet and toner cartridges and hardware.
  • The Samsung Takeback and Recycling programme (STAR) is a free process for returning and recycling used printer cartridges. 
  • Canon has mail-in program that recycles certain Canon consumer products, including fax machines, PC copiers, printers, and scanners.

    Retail Drop Off Locations: 

    • Best Buy: Every Best Buy store has free kiosks, just inside the door, for customers to drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost. You can also trade-in select gently used electronics, including iPods, digital cameras and digital camcorders, for a Best Buy gift card by using the online estimator.  Best Buy will also remove an old obsolete television or appliances at no charge from a consumers' home when a new product is purchased and is being delivered to the home by Best Buy Home Delivery or installed by Geek Squad. (Note: Delivery is free only for appliances over $500). 
    • Staples:  Staples' recycling program covers everything from desktops, laptops and printers to peripherals like keyboards, mice and speakers, no matter the brand or where the equipment was purchased. You can take equipment to a Staples customer-service desk, and it's sent to a recycler that disassembles the equipment into its component parts. They also offer $3 in Staples Rewards toward a future purchase of ink or toner when HP, Lexmark™ or Dell cartridges are returned to their retail stores for recycling.
    • Office Max:  For every qualified ink cartridge and cell phone with battery returned to OfficeMax, customers earn a $3 reward in their MaxPerks account.
    • Sam's Club: Sam’s Club has a Trade in and Recycle program launched in April 2008 for MP3, Printers, Monitors, digital camera, laptops, camcorders, desktop, and Game systems but not cellphones!  Available only to Sam’s Club members. Has a “no export and no landfill” guarantee.
    • Apple: free recycling of any iPod or cellphone through prepaid mail ins. Apple also offers free recycling of old computers, displays, and peripherals — cables, mice, keyboards, speakers, printers, scanners, media, hard drives, etc. — when you purchase a new Mac or monitor.
    • Office Depot:  Offers free recycling for cellphones, rechargeable batteries and ink & toner cartridges. Also offers three different sizes of boxes that you can load up with acceptable gadgets and drop off at any Office Depot store. They charge $5, $10 and $15 for its (small, medium, big) recycling boxes.

     

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