I wanted to pass along information on this free electronic recycling program that Staples and HP recently launched. More and more people have unwanted old electronics to get rid of and want to know what to do with them. Regardless of where you originally purchased your old electronics and regardless of the brand-name logo on the outside, HP and Staples make it free and easy to recycle electronics nationwide! Plus, I have additional tips for locating free electronic recycling near you.
Find Local Electronic Recycling at and Staples For Free!
You can recycle electronics every day at Staples Stores throughout the United States! That is right- free electronics recycling for all brands of office technology at Staples stores nationwide. That is something worth passing on to my readers and I myself have a few things I will be taking out of my closet and taking over to Staples!
The Staples technology recycling program, powered by HP, accepts all brands of the following electronics for free:
• Desktop PCs, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, external hard drives
and small servers
• All computer monitors
• Printers, desktop copiers, faxes and all-in-one devices
• Mice, keyboards, modems/routers networking and PC speakers
• Shredders, streaming devices, phones and Universal Power Supply
(UPS battery backup)
• Mobile phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital camcorders and
“Staples will take advantage of its world-class logistics networks to collect the devices and consolidate them at its distribution centers. A certified e-stewards® and an R2 recycler will then arrange to have the materials transported to its processing centers.”
Hey Staples and HP, if you are listening, I dig this green initiative and I think my readers will too! Thanks for making it easy to recycle electronics!
Another free electronic recycling program that I am aware of is run through Best Buy. However, only some items are free and some they will let you pay a recycling fee to accept. For example, they charged us $25 to recycle our old TV for us. Learn the details of their electronics recycling at bestbuy.com
More Tips To Recycle Old Electronics:
If you have other electrical goods that no longer serve you, consider these recycling/disposal tips from Westway Electric Supply:
Electrical Wire Cord and Cables – Don’t throw in the garbage or the recycle bin. These should be recycled as scrap metal because they usually contain copper and/or aluminum.
Conduit and Raceways – If they’re made of steel, you can recycle them as scrap metal.
Batteries – Single-use batteries can be thrown in the garbage alongside your everyday household waste. Rechargeable batteries should never go in your regular trash. Instead, these types of batteries should be recycled. Most home improvement or office supply stores have kiosks where you can drop off old rechargeable batteries.
Electrical Tools – If it’s not repairable or usable, you can remove the batteries (recycle these!), drain the fluids and throw it in the garbage.
Fans and heaters – Broken fans can be taken apart and recycled. The way you dispose of a space heater depends on how it’s made. If it
contains oil or hazardous waste, you need to take it to an Environmental Center. If it’s made mostly of metal and doesn’t contain oil, you can recycle it for scrap metal. If it’s plastic, toss it with your regular trash.
Light Bulbs – Incandescent, LED, and Halogen bulbs can be thrown away with regular trash but can sometimes be recycled. CFL and fluorescent bulbs should be recycled because they contain small traces of mercury. Check your home improvement store for a light bulb recycling drop off box.
I hope you found these tips for Free Electronic Recycling helpful. Before you trash or recycle anything, consider donating items that are still in good condition. Remember to always double check with your town’s e-
waste recycling facilities to see if they accept your old electrical goods.