Computers require special care in disposal due to hazardous chemicals they contain from production, such as lead and mercury. Many computer manufactures and local retailers make it easy for you to safely recycle computers and computer accessories through national take-back programs.
Local Los Angeles Organizations that Accept Computers for Recycling:
Los Angeles has S.A.F.E. Centers that accept e-waste such as computers, monitors, printers and other electronics for recycling. Click here to find the center closest to you.
For those areas that are not served by S.A.F.E. Centers, the City of Los Angeles holds mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. To participate in these events, bring your hazardous waste (no more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds) in its original, leak-proof container to the event site. Click here to view the schedule of upcoming events.
Also see Earth 911 for more resources about recycling computers and other items.
Computers for Schools is a non-profit organization that will refurbish your computer for use in underprivileged schools.
Manufacturer Take-Back Programs
Depending on where you purchased your computer, the manufacturer 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 your computer or send you pre-paid packaging for 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.