Dispose of electronic waste, such as old laptops, cellphones and batteries, through recycling companies, civic centers, retailers, manufacturers and donation recipients. If possible, choose a disposer, recycler or recipient that has certification from the Basel Action Network or a similar environmental watchdog.
Not all local recycling companies follow proper safety and environmental standards when recycling electronic waste, so it is important to find a company with certification from a recognized agency. The Basel Action Network certifies electronic waste recyclers who meet established standards for safe recycling with an E-Stewards Certification. E-stewards.org provides a list of all approved E-Stewards recyclers.
Some city governments and schools seek to encourage proper electronic waste disposal by offering days where individuals can drop off unwanted electronics. Dates and drop-off information are sometimes available on civic institution Web calendars or local newspapers.
Some retailers, such as Best Buy, accept old electronics and handle the disposal. There are also several places to donate old electronics, such as schools, Goodwill stores, the Salvation Army, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and Verizon’s HopeLine. Selling or donating to a friend are other options.
Electronics manufacturers, such as Dell, have take-back programs that accept consumers' old devices. Each has its own policies and item limitations.