In donating or recycling your outdated electronics, you encourage the safe management of their potentially hazardous components and support the recovery and reuse of valuable materials. You also help reduce the pollution and energy costs tied to the production of new electronics. In addition, you may put a computer, TV, or cell phone in the hands of someone who really needs it.
See these sites for reuse and recycling opportunities:
TechSoup.org offers information on reuse to the general public and offers nonprofits free information, resources, and support for many of their technology needs. TechSoup works with their technology partners to provide nonprofits access to donated and discounted technology products through DiscounTech.
Interested in donating or disposing of unwanted electronics? TechSoup provides non-profit and commercial resources for those who would like to donate hardware or acquire recycled hardware. These refurbishers and recyclers can make sure that your equipment goes to schools and churches in good working order, install legal software, wipe hard drives, and safely dispose of e-waste.
The Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA) Consumer Education Initiative or "CEI" is a web-based resource that provides consumers with information on reuse and recycling opportunities for used electronics. These opportunities include state and local collection programs, charitable organizations, and recyclers that accept used electronics. The information can be sorted by state and county, and also includes a section on national programs. EIA is a national trade organization representing more than 80% of the electronics industry.
Earth 911 is a non-profit organization which maintains a website with community- specific information on reuse and recycling opportunities. These opportunities include state and local collection programs, charitable organizations, and recyclers that accept used electronics. The website is sorted by zip code and includes resources with information about electronics recycling and the environment.
Collection Events in Your Area
If you do not find any collection events listed in your area, please contact your local government's recycling and/or household hazardous waste program. There are also several mail-in collection programs sponsored by electronics manufacturers listed below.
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