Can I take my electronics to be recycled?
Electronic devices often contain valuable and recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics and ferrous metals, so some recycling outlets will take them. Before taking any electronics to collection points or drop-off locations, though, you should check with them to make sure they accept the type of devices you have.
For the most up-to-date list of electronic recycling resources, visit the PA DEP Electronics Collection Program Website. You can also call the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Recycling Hotline at 1–800-346‑4242 or contact your County Recycling Coordinator.
If you’re not finding outlets near you, this is a good reason to contact your legislator to amend the law regarding the disposal of electronic devices. Shouldn’t being responsible be more convenient for you as a consumer?
Are there other ways to get these devices off my hands?
Some electronics can also be refurbished or reused to conserve the energy and resources that would be needed to create new products. That’s something to think about when purchasing a new electronic device. Consider one that has ample capacity for upgrades, offers a buy-back option, or think about leasing instead of buying.
If your unwanted electronic device is still operational, another option might be to sell it or donate it to an individual or organization in need. While you may have acquired the latest technology, others may find your device version suits their needs just fine.