Electronic Recycling Resources

Not only are electronics made of valuable materials — metals, plastics, glass — but the energy required to create them is significant. According the the US EPA, recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3500 homes for a year. And the Natural Resources Defense Council estimated US citizens tossed 130,000 computers a day and 100 million cellphones each year.

If you cannot upgrade the hardware or software of your electronics, enough to meet your needs, be sure to delete all personal information and contacts. Eraser for Windows can delete data safely. Mac computers have built-in erasure software. Also remove the batteries before you recycle so they can be recycled separately.

Here are a few resources to help you recycle or trade-in your electronics. Also search online for local groups.

Call2Recycle

http://www.call2recycle.org/locator/

Earth911

http://search.earth911.com/
http://earth911.com/recycling/small-electronics/

GreenerGadgets.org

http://greenergadgets.org/

Green Buyback

http://greenbuyback.com/

GameStop

http://www.gamestop.com/recommerce/web/

Target

Needs to have a Target Mobile store if you trade in a store, online otherwise.
http://www.targettradeinprogram.com/

Best Buy Recycling

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025

Staples Recycling

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025

Consumer Reports Articles on Recycling Electronics

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/how-to-recycle-old-electronics-devices/index.htm
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/08/apple-trade-in-program/index.htm

Dell Computer Recycling

http://dellreconnect.com/

Toshiba Recycling

http://us.toshiba.com/green/reuse-and-recycling

Apple Recycling

http://www.apple.com/recycling/

Amazon Trade-In Program

http://www.amazon.com/Electronics-Trade-In/b?ie=UTF8&node=2226766011
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=sr_1_1_acs_h_1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200302910&qid=1385500081&sr=8-1-acs

Gazelle Trade-In Program

http://www.gazelle.com/

Basel Action Network

http://e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler/
http://www.ban.org/

Eraser (Windows)

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

US Government Resources

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0200-disposing-your-mobile-device
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm