Computer disposal, donation, and recycle information

E-wasteThis page has been created as a location to find additional information about properly disposing your computer equipment and batteries as well as donation information for working computers and electronics. Users who have older working computers may also want to read our suggestions on what to do with an old computer.

Recycling batteries
Computer dismantle
Monitor dismantle
Recycling used printer ink cartridges
Computer donation
Cleaning computer components

Recycling batteries

Because of the large amounts of batteries being used today with computers and other electronics, it is important that you dispose the batteries not only properly but safely to help the environment and other beings. In addition, there are now over 500 recycling laws in the United States and not disposing of the batteries appropriately may cost you or your company.

In addition to the below list of companies who specialize in recycling batteries some major electronic retail stores in the United States also accept used ink cartridges. Below is a listing of some of these companies.

Below are a few of the several hundred available companies that can help provide you with information or help you recycle your batteries.

Phone: (888) 852-8127
Batteries Recycled:  Able to manage every spent battery manufactured today.

    Phone: +91(141) 405-7800
    Batteries Recycled:  Lead Acid battery recycling in India.

    Phone: (877) 723-1297
    Batteries Recycled: Ni-Cad (visit website to find local Ni-Cad drop off locations).

    U.S. Phone: (888) 438-5865
    Canada (English) Phone: (800) 267-7581
    Canada (French) Phone: (800) 231-9081
    Mexico Phone: (630) 862-2255
    Batteries Recycled: Lead-Acid Batteries

    Caution: In no instance can a battery be incinerated. Disposing a battery by burning will cause them to explode.

    Important: In case of rupture, leaking electrolyte or any other cause of skin or eye exposure to the electrolyte, immediately flush with water. If eye exposure, flush with water for 15 minutes and consult physician.

    Additional information on batteries can be found on our battery information page.

    Computer dismantle

    If you have a computer or computer equipment that you believe is beyond repair or is too old to be useful we recommend one of the below services, which can dismantle the equipment properly to obtain all usable parts and materials. If you have a usable good computer you may want to consider donating the computer instead of dismantling or recycling it.

    Many computer manufacturers and computer hardware manufactures also have their own recycling or trade in programs. Below is a list of some of the major manufactures and links to their recycling programs.

    Below is a short list of some of the major recycling companies capable of recycling computers.

    Phone:(503) 693-8939
    Fax: (503) 681-2170
    Address:
    620 SW Wood St.
    Hillsboro, OR 97123
    Note: Company capable of recycling computers, monitors, telephones, and related equipment, and other electronic items.

    Phone: Click Here to find the number for your location.

    Address: Over 50 sites globally. Check website for details.
    Note: Accepts computers, monitors, telephones, and related equipment, and other electronic instrumentation.

    Phone: (888) SHOP-IBM (Reference part number 06P7513)
    Note: IBM can recycle any manufacturer's PCs, including system units, monitors, printers, and optional attachments for $29.99 that includes shipping.
    Parts capable of recycling: Any manufacturer's PC, monitors, printers, and optional attachments.

    Phone: (888) 452-5642 or (708) 756-9838
    Fax: (708) 756-4094
    Address:
    1001-59 Washington
    11th and Washington
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Parts capable of recycling: All electronic equipment and material, including computers (mainframes, monitors, terminals, CPUs), printers, fax machines, modems, bridges, hubs, copy machines, consumer electronics (radios, CD players, dvd players, clocks, calculators, telephones, cellular phones), components, and other plastic and metal.

    Phone: (973) 823-9752
    Address:
    Refer to web page (multiple locations)
    Note: Back Thru The Future Microcomputers is one of the largest computer recyclers in the United States and are a women's owned business. The company recycles microcomputers for corporations, educational institutions, government, and individuals. With millions of microcomputers being displaced each year by newer technology, Back Thru The Future has committed itself to finding uses for this older technology and preventing it from becoming a high tech waste.
    Parts capable of recycling: All computer equipment. For corporations, educational institutions, government, and individuals.

    Phone: (632) 584-4478
    Address:
    Envirocycle Philippines, Inc.
    Silangan Industrial Park
    Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
    Note: Electronic waste recovery specialist of all sorts. Compliant with government regulations that include downstream vendor and supplier audits, operational permits and environmentally compliant processes.
    Parts capable of recycling: All electrical components and monitors.

    Phone: Click Here to find the closest Pacific Northwest location.
    Address:
    Total Reclaim Inc. Seattle
    2200 6th Ave. South
    Seattle, WA 98134
    Note: Total Reclaim provides environmentally responsible asset reclamation and disposition services to the electronics industry. Total Reclaim is the Pacific Northwest's largest electronics recycler, handling 9,000,000 lbs of monitors, televisions, and other electronics in 2004.

    Phone: (201) 223-0072
    Address:
    701 Penhorn Ave.
    Secaucus, NJ 07094
    Note: In addition to e-recycling, Morgen Industries offers hard drive destruction (hard drive shredding) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MI Secure, at its facility.

    Phone: (877) 328-2927
    E-mail: Carl.Brown@ewasteexperts.com
    Address:
    416 Green Lane
    Unit #5
    Bristol, Pa 19007
    Note: Provides recycling for most types of electronic devices.

    Phone: (419) 279-8233
    Address:
    6540 West Central Ave., Suite D
    Toledo, OH 43617
    Note: Provides recycling for nearly all modern electronic devices.

    Phone: (800) 797-2061
    E-mail: Click Here
    Address:Click here to find one of many US locations near you.
    Note: Environmentally safe processing technology for the disposal of obsolete and end-of-life electronics. Takes any computer electronics.

    Phone:(409) 899-5594 or (877) 261-9914
    Fax: (409) 899-5995
    Address:
    3940 Eastex Fwy
    Beaumont, TX 77703
    Note: Company capable of recycling computers, monitors etc.

    Monitor dismantle

    Phone:(503) 693-8939
    Fax: (503) 693-8939
    Address:
    620 SW Wood St.
    Hillsboro, OR 97123
    Note: Company capable of recycling computers, monitors, telephones, and related equipment, and other electronic items.

    Phone: (604) 533-2537
    Fax: (604) 533-2537
    Address:
    19632 40th Avenue
    Langley, B.C. V3A 6L7
    Note: Company who's capable of recycling all computers, printers, monitors, phones, and numerous other electronic components.

    Phone: (888) SHOP-IBM (Reference part number 06P7513)
    Note: IBM can recycle any manufacturer's PCs, including system units, monitors, printers, and optional attachments for $29.99 that includes shipping.
    Parts capable of recycling: any manufacturer's PC, monitors, printers, and optional attachments.

    Phone: (888) 452-5642 or (708) 756-9838
    Fax: (708) 756-4094
    Address:
    1001-59 Washington
    11th and Washington
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    Parts capable of recycling: All electronic equipment and material, including computers (mainframes, monitors, terminals, CPUs), printers, fax machines, modems, bridges, hubs, copy machines, consumer electronics (radios, CD players, dvd players, clocks, calculators, telephones, cellular phones), components, and other plastic and metal.

    Phone: (206) 343-7443
    Fax: (206) 343-7445
    Address:
    Total Reclaim Inc. Seattle
    2200 6th Ave. South
    Seattle, WA 98134
    Note: Total Reclaim provides environmentally responsible asset reclamation and disposition services to the electronics industry. Total Reclaim is the Pacific Northwest's largest electronics recycler, handling 9,000,000 lbs of monitors, televisions, and other electronics in 2004.

    Recycling used printer ink cartridges

    Inkjet printer ink cartridgesMany printer manufacturers also have their own recycling program. Below is a list of some of the major printer companies and links to their recycling programs.

    Finally, some major electronic retail stores in the United States also accept used ink cartridges. Below is a listing of some of these companies.

    Additional information and help with recycling ink cartridges can also be found through the link below.

    Computer donation

    Rather than disposing your computer, the best option for proper management of "retired" computer equipment is material recovery for all usable parts. If the equipment still functions, consider donating it to a local school or nonprofit organization. For computers that are "beyond repair", refer to Computer Dismantle.

    Below is a list of various organizations that also accept used computer equipment. Call them before sending anything to ensure the item(s) meet their needs.

    Note: As much as we would like to, Computer Hope does not have the resources to donate any of its equipment.

    Phone: (203)863-9100
    Fax: (203)863-9230
    Address:
    National Cristina Foundation
    500 West Putnam Avenue
    Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
    Note: This organization accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantages.

    Phone: None or unknown
    E-mail: Click here
    Note: Nonprofit materials exchange network that connects users and organizations looking to share or gather computer equipment for reuse across America.

    Phone: (416) 534-6017
    E-mail: info@reboot.on.ca
    Address:
    2450 Lawrence Ave. E, Unit 1
    Toronto, ON
    M1P 2R7
    Note: Nonprofit charity providing computer hardware, networking, and technology support.

    Phone: (773) 342-6205
    E-mail: Click Here
    Address:
    3411 W. Diversey Ave., Basement
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Note:
    Charity site that refurbishes computer donations.

    Note: Comprehensive electronics recovery, reuse, and environmental responsible partnership between Goodwill and Dell. This organization has dozens of locations throughout the United States in states such as California, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The address and other contact information for each of these locations is found on the above link under participating goodwills.

    Note: Nationwide electronics recycling company. Most of the time the disposal fee is free. They are in compliance with the California Environmental Protection Agency. When your electronics are disposed of, they will send you a free report of what was recycled and a proof of recycle certificate.

    Phone: (732) 564 3110
    Address:
    600A Apgar Drive
    Somerset, NJ 08873

    Note: Based in New Jersey, Newtech specializes in environmentally friendly methods of electronic disposal. They also distribute working equipment to a charitable organization. They will accept any electronic equipment except microwaves and air conditioners.

    Phone: (773) 545-7357
    Fax: (773) 545-7357
    Address:
    3053 N. Knox Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60641

    Note: Based in Chicago, Chicago Surplus specializes in disposing of and refurbishing old business electronics.

    Phone: (877) 939-2783 - Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
    Address:
    1301 34th Ave. SE
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    11404 143rd Street
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    38 East 69th Ave.
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Note: A Canadian non-profit company specializing in reducing electronic waste in landfills. They collect unwanted computers for reuse, refurbish, and recycling. They donate to charities and other non-profit organizations. They have several drop off locations in the following locations in Canada: Alberta, Vancouver, Toronto, and most of the rest of Canada.

    Phone: (732) 429-4392
    Address:
    165 Chubb Ave.
    Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

    Note: Based in New Jersey, eRevival is one of the leading electronics recycling companies. They accept any computer equipment and electronic equipment.