What Types of Electronics Are Recyclable?


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Most types of electronics are eligible for recycling, including computers, monitors, televisions, DVD players and video game consoles. Other types of recyclable electronics include compact disc players, fax machines, printers, video cameras and cell phones. Most home appliances, such as washing machines or vacuum cleaners, are not eligible for recycling.

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In general, most consumer electronics are recyclable, as they rarely include harmful components that require special handling and disposal. The Environmental Protection Agency regularly publishes a list of recyclable electronics, including different variations of products. It also includes guidelines on how to handle certain types of electronics, such as older-model televisions with special displays or items with internal batteries, to avoid causing ecological harm. The agency also offers links for consumers to locate nearby recycling locations.

Best Buy also operates special recycling programs for the items it sells, such as phones and televisions. It posts details about the items it accepts online and within its stores. Best Buy offers the service free of charge, and it does not require the purchase of an item to handle the recycling. Other businesses recycle devices with electronic components, such as home appliances, that are not acceptable at Best Buy and other electronics retailers.

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