How to Recycle Computer
While all of the components of a computer are made of different materials and require diverse disposal efforts, they can be recycled through a variety of drop-off locations and take-back programs. To find out if you can recycle computers in your area use the recycling search tool at the end of this article.
Frequent Computer Recycling Questions
- Find your closest local recycling options.
- Check with your computer’s manufacturer, or the retailer you purchased it from to see what kind of take-back or trade-in options might be available.
These materials cause harm to the environment if they are mismanaged or disposed of in improperly lined landfills, which means it is important to find a responsible recycling solution when you’re ready to get rid of your old computer equipment.
State regulatory requirements for e-scrap can be more stringent than the Federal requirements, and vary from state to state.
Check relevant state requirements via your local household hazardous waste facility.
- Circuit City
- Best Buy
- Staples – Accepts computers, monitors, laptops, desktop printers, faxes and all-in-ones
- U.S. EPA Plug-in Partners – Lists manufacturers, retailers and service providers that offer recycling of e- waste
- How to Recycle Your Old Computer: A step-by-step guide to recycling your computers, from thinking before you by all the way through taking action.
- Make a Difference: Donate Your Computer: Find out how donating your computer can help those who need it.
- How to Remove Data from Electronics Before Recycling: Worried about the safety of your data? Follow these steps and feel secure when donating.