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Electronics Recycling

January 24, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

Ever wondered what to do with all the obsolete electronics taking up space in your house? Here is a list of current electronics recycling policies from major companies and retailers. Most offer free recycling for new purchases, and a few offer paid take-back of older products, or offer outsourced recycling programs. Information provided is applicable to the US and is not a comprehensive list.

Apple: Recycling is free for all new new Mac purchases. Old equipment can be sent for recycling with purchase of a $30 shipping label. No media player recycling program. US and Canada

AT&T: Accepts wireless phones, Personal Data Assistants (PDAs), accessories and batteries (regardless of the manufacturer or carrier) to AT&T operated stores and participating authorized dealer stores. They take batteries, including SSLA (small sealed lead acid) i.e. good ol’ Duracells and Energizers, though they probably don’t intend to be the recipient of billions of non-electronics-specific batteries.

Best Buy
: In-store kiosks are available for consumers to drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost. BB also offers small grants to communities for electronics recycling initiatives. They also offer large appliance (white goods) recycling which they pick up from your house. New cell phone sales are supplied with a prepaid recycling envelope.

Dell: Dell offers consumers free recycling of any Dell-branded computer equipment at any time. With purchase of a new Dell computer or printer, consumers can also take advantage of free recycling of other brands of used computer equipment.

HP: HP offers free inkjet cartridge recycling. Computer recycling and other electronics recycling is not free, with a few state-by-state exceptions. Free battery recycling.

Lexmark: Free inkjet and laser toner cartridge recycling. They accept Lexmark hardware if you ship it to them.

LG: Free cell phone recycling.

Motorola: Free cell phone recycling.

Nokia: Free cell phone recycling.

Office Depot: Offer recycling for a fee based on the size (S, M, L) of the “Tech Recycling Box” you fill with electronics. Accept a range of electronics.

Panasonic: Recycling is limited to select fax toner cartridges. Other recycling of batteries and electronics is directed to third party organizations supported by Panasonic.

Samsung: Recycling only as required by state law (currently California, Washington, Maine, and Maryland).

Sony: Offers partnership with Waste Management to collect used Sony electronics at designated drop-off sites (mostly landfills and waste transfer stations).

Sony Ericsson: No identified program in the US. Partnership with US EPA eCycling to ‘offer consumers more opportunities to donate or recycle used electronics’. Free recycling of any cell phone and accessories.

T-Mobile: Free cell phone recycling.

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