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Where to recycle electronics for free

Have outmoded tech equipment you want to recycle? You don’t have to wait for your locality to schedule special collection days. Staples and HP have joined forces to offer FREE recycling of electronics at Staples stores nationwide every day. 

No Staples in your area? Best Buy  also offers free electronics recycling. You can also drop off any brand of computer equipment for recycling at some Goodwill stores, thanks to a partnership with Dell. Just follow these guidelines.

How to Recycle at Staples

Here’s everything you need to know about getting rid of your used electronics at Staples without putting them in the trash.

What does Staples accept for recycling?

You can recycle most electronics, regardless of brand or where the items were purchased. Staples’ technology recycling program accepts desktop PCs, networks, laptops, tablets, external hard drives, small servers and all computer monitors. You can also recycle printers, desktop copiers, fax machines, keyboards, modems/routers, mice, PC speakers, gaming consoles and webcams. Plus they’ll take shredders, mobile phones, video streaming devices, tablets, eReaders, GPS devices, MP3 players, digital camcorders and digital cameras. See the full list of all accepted items here.

Items not accepted include alkaline batteries, appliances, floor-model printers and copiers, kitchen electronics, lamps or bulbs, large servers, large speakers, non-rechargeable lithium batteries, smoke detectors and televisions. 

How do you recycle electronics at Staples?

Just drop off your items at the Staples service desk. There is a limit of seven items per customer per day in most stores.

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What does Staples do with recycled electronics? 

After they are dropped off, all electronics marked for recycling are kept in an employee-only area of the store. Once enough devices have been collected, they are sent to a Staples warehouse location where they are then packed and shipped to Staples’ national recycling partner ERI Direct. 

After the electronics arrive at ERI Direct, they are sorted based on potential for refurbishing or parts harvesting. If it looks like an item can be refurbished, or that it may have parts that can be reused, it is separated out for processing. Any data-containing devices, like computers or phones, that are entering the reuse market are either wiped to Department of Defense specifications or have their hard drives and memory cards destroyed. 

Items that cannot be reused or refurbished are run through a large shredder that separates various metals, plastics and glass that are then sent to different recycling facilities to be further processed. 

Here are more tips on recycling:

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