Computer disposal, donation, and recycle information

E-wasteBelow is a listing of locations and information on properly disposing of 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 how many devices use batteries today it is important that you dispose of batteries not only properly but safely to help the environment and other beings. Also, there are now over 500 recycling laws in the United States and not disposing of the batteries appropriately may cost you or your company.

Caution: In no instance can a battery be incinerated. Disposing of a battery by burning causes them to explode. 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 a physician.

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

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

Battery Solutions
(http://www.batteryrecycling.com)

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

Powerhouse Recycling
(http://www.powerhouserecycling.com/)

Phone: (855) 639-2925
Batteries recycled: UPS/Battery Back-Ups

Gravita
(http://www.gravitatechnomech.com)

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

RBRC
(http://www.rbrc.com)

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

GNB
(http://www.gnb.com)

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

Computer dismantle

If you have a computer or computer equipment beyond repair or too old to be useful we recommend one of the below services for proper dismantle. If you have a usable computer (even if its old), you may want to consider donating the computer instead of dismantling or recycling it.

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

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

Sims Recycling Solutions
(http://www.simsrecycling.com/)

Phone: Click Here to find the number for your location.
Address: Over 50 sites globally. Check website for details.
About: Accepts computers, monitors, telephones, and related equipment, and other electronic instrumentation.

Powerhouse Recycling
(http://www.powerhouserecycling.com/)

Phone: (855) 639-2925
Batteries recycled: Accepts laptops, monitors, printers, servers, and other products.

IBM PC Recycling Service
(http://www.ibm.com/ibm/recycle/us/)

Phone: (888) SHOP-IBM (Reference part number 06P7513)
About: IBM can recycle any PC with an IBM logo for free.
Parts capable of recycling: Only IBM PCs, monitors, printers, and optional attachments.

Intercon Solutions
(http://www.interconrecycling.com/)

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 including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, circuit boards, copy machines, and other plastics and metal.

Back Thru the future microcomputers, Inc.
(http://www.backthruthefuture.com)

Phone: (973) 823-9752
Address:
Refer to web page (multiple locations)
About: 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. 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.

Envirocycle Inc.
(http://www.envirocycle-inc.com/)

Phone: (632) 584-4478
Address:
Envirocycle Philippines, Inc.
Silangan Industrial Park
Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
About: 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.

Total Reclaim
(http://www.totalreclaim.com/)

Phone: Click Here to find the closest Pacific Northwest location.
Address:
Total Reclaim Inc. Seattle
2200 6th Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98134
About: 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.

Morgen Industries
(http://morgenindustries.com/)

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

E-Waste Experts, Inc.
(http://www.ewasteexperts.com/)

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

ReCellOne
(http://www.recellone.com/)

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

ECP Computers and More
(https://www.ecpcomputers.com/)

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

Monitor dismantle

Genesis Recycling
(http://genesisrecycling.ca/)

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

IBM PC Recycling Service
(http://www.ibm.com/ibm/environment/products)

Phone: (888) SHOP-IBM (Reference part number 06P7513)
About: 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.

Powerhouse Recycling
(http://www.powerhouserecycling.com/)

Phone: (855) 639-2925
Batteries recycled: Accepts laptops, monitors, printers, servers, and other products.

Intercon Solutions
(http://www.interconrecycling.com/)

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 including computers, printers, fax machines, circuit boards, CD/DVD players, telephones, cell phones, and other plastic and metal.

Total Reclaim
(http://www.totalreclaim.com/)

Phone: (206) 343-7443
Fax: (206) 343-7445
Address:
Total Reclaim Inc. Seattle
2200 6th Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98134
About: 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 have recycling programs. 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 is also found through the link below.

Computer donation

Rather than disposing of 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 non-profit 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.

National Cristina Foundation
(http://www.cristina.org)

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

Recycles.org
(http://www.recycles.org/)

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

Reboot Canada
(http://www.rebootcanada.ca/)

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

Reconnect
(http://www.reconnectpartnership.com/)

About: Comprehensive electronics recovery, reuse, and environmental responsible partnership between Goodwill and Dell. 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.

Computer Recycling Team
(http://www.computerrecyclingteam.com/)

About: 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.

Newtech Recycling
(http://www.newtechrecycling.com/)

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

Chicago Surplus Computer
(http://www.chicagosurpluscomputer.com/)

Phone: (773) 545-7357
Fax: (773) 545-7357
Address:
3053 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
About: Based in Chicago and specializes in disposing of and refurbishing old business electronics.

Electronic Recycling Association
(http://www.era.ca/)

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
About: 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.

eRevival LLC.
(http://www.erevival.net/)

Phone: (732) 429-4392
Address:
165 Chubb Ave.
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
About: Based in New Jersey, eRevival is one of the leading electronics recycling companies. They accept any computer equipment and electronic equipment.