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Guide and List of Electronics That Can Be Recycled

What Electronics Can Be Recycled?

You can't escape the grocery, electronics or movie rental store without seeing a small cell recycling drop box, but how can you dispose of larger, more ecologically dangerous gadgets? Electronics companies have — or been forced to! — put considerable resources into making their products recyclable. A handful of states have even passed laws that require companies to take back their goods (Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Sony all do so at no charge), but you can always be green by selling or gifting the item, or giving it to a reuse effort.

To get the scoop on electronics that can be recycled,


Accepted AT All Locations Accepted AT Most Locations Rarely Accepted
  • Computer Monitors
  • CPU's (Central Processing Units)
  • Televisions with Cathode Ray Tubes and Flat Panel Displays
  • Printers
  • Laptops
  • Cables
  • Keyboards
  • Mouses
  • Answering Machines
  • Camcorders
  • Compact Disc Players
  • Copiers
  • Duplicators
  • Electric Typewriters
  • Fax Machines
  • Hard Drives
  • Mobile Phones
  • Modems
  • Pagers
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Radios
  • Remote Controls
  • Stereos
  • Tape Players
  • Telephones
  • Telephone Equipment
  • VCRs
  • Word Processors
  • Batteries
  • PDAs
  • Games (Video)
  • Microwaves
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Large Household Appliances (Refrigerators, Washing Machines, and Air Conditioners)
  • Toasters
  • Fans
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Lamps
  • Specialty Cookers

This list is based on data from the EPA. Check out the EPA's guide to where you can donate or recycle your electronics.

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Bruce14909561 Bruce14909561 3 years
There is a company called XS Recyclers that purchases all these items and more> Visit them at!
ebbiebright ebbiebright 7 years
You can bring your electronics into Best Buy and recycle them there. It's free.
juliefischer juliefischer 7 years
Thanks for posting this! I have a computer monitor I need to recycle and its just sitting in my house (thank you previous homeowner) b/c i'm not sure what to do with it. I would never through it away.
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