Ready to Recycle

When we talk about electronic products, we are talking about more than just televisions, cell phones and computer products. We are also referring to DVD players, VCRs, video cameras, digital cameras, gaming consoles, stereos, answering machines, photocopiers, scanners, printers and the list goes on. When you decide that it's time to trade up your product for a newer model, consider these possibilities before you pull the plug:

Where to Recycle

EPA estimates that in 2009:

  • 438 million new electronic products were sold;
  • 5 million short tons of electronic products were in storage;
  • 2.37 million short tons of electronic products were ready for end-of-life management; and
  • 25 percent of these tons were collected for recycling.

Source: Electronics Waste Management In the United States Through 2009

What to Recycle

Each collection site has its own list of accepted items and fees, if applicable. The most commonly accepted items are:

Note: Fees are often necessary to cover the recycler’s costs to dispose of the hazardous components. Check with the individual recycler to find out more about their services and fees.