A-Z Recycling Guide: Electronics
Many thrift stores accept used electronic equipment in good working condition. See "Household Items" in this guide for donating small, working appliances to a thrift store.
When considering recycling your electronics, it is always good practice to find out if the equipment is being recycled responsibly. The Basal Action Network provides a list of recyclers who have signed a pledge to provide environmentally and socially responsible electronics recycling. Eco-Cycle strongly encourages you to use recyclers from this list. Go to http://www.e-stewards.org/local_estewards.html to locate a recycler in your state. Ask the recycler if there is a drop-off center near you.
Also, see the "Computer Equipment" in this guide.
Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder CHaRM: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
6400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
Open Mon - Sat, 9 - 5; Sun 11 - 4
The CHaRM recycles computers, printers, monitors, televisions, VCR's, fax machines, cell phones, copiers, digital cameras, pda's, telephones, DVD and CD players, remote control devices, home stereo components (except wooden speakers), #2 & #4 plastic bags, inkjet & laser jet toner printer cartridges, shoes, books, fabrics, and computer-type manuals. Go to http://ecocycle.org/charm for a complete list of items accepted, directions and hours. Vehicles that come to CHaRM are charged $3.00 per visit in addition to any per item fees. Go to the CHaRM webpage for details.
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Business Services ( businesses only)
Provides collection service for all traditional recyclables (mixed paper including bagged shredded paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, scrap metal), hard-to-recycle materials (computers, fax and copier machines, other electronics, plastic bags with a #2 or #4, stretch wrap, #6 white block foam, pallets, books and athletic shoes) and compostables (all food and landscaping waste, uncoated paper products and compostable foodservice products made from corn, wheat or sugar cane). Dumpsters, wheeled carts, roll-off boxes, compactors and other collection equipment available. Visit website, call or e-mail for more information. Businesses only.
Electronic Recyclers International
6750 East 46th Ave Drive
Denver, CO 80216
They recycle electronics, light bulbs and batteries. Contact them for business hours
5763 Arapahoe Ave Unit 0
Boulder, CO 80303
Network Checker provides recycling of computers and peripherals. They also offer Certificate of Destruction for hard drives. Please contact them directly to schedule a pick up or to learn more about their fees.
Electronics Take Back Coalition
The Electronics Take Back Coalition encourages manufacturers to take back and responsibly recycle consumer products, and keep an updated list of programs on their website. Visit the links above to learn more about the campaign or find a responsible recycler near you.
Most MRM drop-off sites accept all types and brands of consumer electronics for recycling. MRM sites accept Panasonic Sharp and Toshiba brand TVs and consumer electronics such as VCRs and DVDs at no charge. There may be a charge for recycling other brands or products.
Consumers can drop off items with screens up to 32 inches for tube televisions and 60 inches for flat-panel televisions, free of charge. In addition to televisions, the in-store recycling program includes computer monitors, DVD players, audio and video cables, cell phones and other electronics. See BestBuy Recycling for more information.
Gone for Good
Will pick up furniture, electronics, yard waste, carpet, appliances and more. They recycle items or give you cash back for what they can sell. Call for more details, hours or to schedule a pick-up.
Sony has partnered with Waste Management to establish eCycling drop off centers nationwide. They will accept any Sony product at no charge and non-Sony items for a fee. For more information or to find a location near you visit their website.
Colorado Springs 719-633-0955
Grand Junction 970-263.5618
Steamboat Springs 970-897-2400
Radio Shack has a buy-back program for electronics such as cellphone, mp3 players, and digital cameras. Visit their website to appraise your item or get more details.
757 Ithaca St.
Boulder, CO 80303
Accepts stereo, radio and test equipment. No other items, please. Call ahead.
1410 S. Foothills Hwy, No. 3
Will pick up old furniture, appliances, yard waste, electronics and construction debris. Recycles items that can be recycled.
North American Technology Exchange
PO Box 1891
Lyons, CO 80540
Businesses only; by appointment only
Buys marketable laboratory equipment. Handles all sizes of equipment
Staples stores accept electronics for recycling. Fees may apply; please visit their website or your local store for more details.
Office Depot offers boxes which can be filled with electronics for recycling. Costs are $5, $10 and $15. Check the Web site or call for locations.