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How do you find a local electronic waste drop-off site?

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Consumers can dispose of electronic waste at a variety of sites, including retail locations, non-profit organizations and local government programs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a listing of organizations that participate in the Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge. By taking unwanted electronic items to these locations, consumers can avoid releasing toxic elements found in common goods such as computers, televisions and audio equipment.

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A number of major retailers participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge, including Staples, Best Buy, Dell, and Sprint. As of August 2015, the listings on EPA.gov details which retailers offer on-site collection for different types of consumer electronics. Some companies also offer haul-away services for televisions and other large items.

Also located on the EPA website are links to other organizations that offer electronics recycling, including Call2Recycle, Earth911 and Electronic Industries Alliance. These organizations offer lists of electronics recycling locations on their websites. Call2Recycle also works with retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot to offer recycling for batteries and other electronic goods.

Finally, many counties and municipalities offer hazardous waste and consumer electronics recycling programs. Residents can find this information on their local governments' websites. StateLocalGov.net offers a complete listing of state, county and municipality websites throughout the United States.

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