E-scrap Households and Individuals

I don't want to throw away my old TV and computer. What are my options?

Several manufacturers have take-back programs for older make and model computers. Some retail stores accept smaller electronic devices year-round for recycling. Communities host special events for recycling various electronic devices. Some charities across the state also accept functioning electronics as donations. Contact a local recycler. Some communities have recyclers or processors that accept consumer e-waste at their facilities - pick up or drop off. There may be a small fee for certain items, such as $5 for CRT/monitors.

Retail Programs

The following national retail chains offer in-store recycling of small personal electronic devices like cell phones, pagers, and PDAs, as well as inkjet cartridges. NOTE: Other local and regional-based stores not on this list also offer the same service. Best Buy, Office Depot/Office Max, Staples.

Special Community Events

Contact your local solid waste department.


For more information on E-scrap recycling and its importance visit, EPA's Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste).  To view program information on numerous electronics reuse and donation programs visit, EPA's Electronics Donation and Recycling

Manufacturer Programs

Each manufacturer's take-back or recycling program is unique. Some are free while others charge a fee. You will double your recycling options if you research the programs offered by both the original equipment manufacturer for a device you are replacing along with what is offered by the manufacturer of a newly purchased electronic item. For example, you may be able to "trade-in" your old item and get a discount on the new one.​ See information from some major manufacturers: Apple, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Panasonic.

Helpful Hint

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) sponsors the national program, Call2Recycle, which helps recycle used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. Call2Recycle recycles the following battery chemistries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb). Call2Recycle is dedicated to keeping rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of our nation's solid waste stream and preserving natural resources by identifying locations that accept rechargeable batteries and cell phones for recycling. 

This Page Last Updated: June 17, 2024 at 3:22 PM