Electronics donation and recycling is a great way to help conserve resources and natural materials.
It is important to make sure you are donating and/or recycling electronics safely and correctly.
- Why Donate or Recycle Electronics
- Before Donating or Recycling Your Used Electronics
- Where to Donate or Recycle
Why Donate or Recycle Electronics
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.
- For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Before Donating or Recycling Your Used Electronics
- For your computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand new product.
- Delete all personal information from your electronics.
- Remove any batteries from your electronics, they may need to be recycled separately.
- Check for recycling facilities EXIT in your state or community.
Where to Donate or Recycle
Manufacturers and retailers offer several options to donate or recycle electronics. Search below to find programs developed by Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge participants. If you are an original equipment manufacturer or retailer, learn how to join the SMM Electronics Challenge. Participation in the SMM Electronics Challenge is voluntary. EPA does not endorse any of the participants or their products and services.
Search by Electronic Device or Company
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Check out our Secret Life of a Smart Phone infographic.
Our Certified Electronics Recyclers page explains what it means to be a certified recycler.