Computers require special care in disposal due to the hazardous chemicals they contain from production, such as lead and mercury.
Unfortunately, much of the e-waste that America produces finds its way to third world countries where they are unsafely disposed of. It is important to find a responsible outlet for your computer once you are done with it. Many computer manufactures and local retailers make it easy for you to safely recycle computers and computer accessories through take-back programs. Also, check out our list of local organizations that can find a new owner for your computer.
Manufacturer Take-Back Programs:
Depending on where you purchased your computer, the manufacture who made it will most likely take it off your hands and properly dispose of it for you. In some cases, the manufacturer will pick-up or send you pre-paid packaging for the return.
Retailer Take-Back Programs
Many large stores that sell computers will also take computers back from consumers once they are done with them.
Costco.com offers free recycling for computers and many computer accessories.
Office Depot accepts electronics at their retail stores. Use the store locator to find the store closest to you.
Staples accepts computers and computer accessories for recycling. Use the store locator to find the store closest to you.
City Specific Guidelines for Computer Disposal
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