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By putting your computers, cell phones and consumer electronics into the hands of a reputable recycler, potentially hazardous materials can be disposed of safely and reusable materials can be salvaged. Rethink Initiative members have researched and compiled lists of responsible recyclers – find one near you.


Basel Action Network (BAN)NEW! maintains the E-Stewards Initiative (the Electronics Recycler's Pledge of True Stewardship) and a list of recyclers that agree to maintain the most rigorous social and environmental criteria to recycle your computer or electronic waste.

Earth 911

Earth 911 – A national environmental information network providing access to community recycling, donation and disposal options for computers, electronics and cell phones. By entering your ZIP code on the site you can find your nearest electronics recycling event/location.

International Association of Electronics Recyclers (IAER)NEW! is the first and only trade association representing and serving the needs of the electronics recycling industry.


Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) – This grassroots coalition engages in research and advocacy to help find solutions to e-waste concerns. SVTC helped found, and works with, the Computer Take Back Campaign. The Computer Take Back Campaign promotes corporate accountability for electronic waste and publishes a list of companies that provide responsible recycling programs for computers and electronics.


Wireless... The New Recyclable NEW! is a program the wireless industry has created to facilitate environmentally sound practices among carriers and manufacturers, as well as to educate consumers about how to recycle their wireless devices. Either your wireless carrier and/or the manufacturer of your wireless phone participate in Wireless ... The New Recyclable. Go to to learn how and where you can recycle your wireless phone.

How to choose a recycler
It’s often not easy to tell who is a responsible recycler and who is not. Many times one of the best ways to choose a recycler is to rely on the recommendations of credible environmental groups. For example, several recyclers have signed the Computer Take Back Campaign’s Electronics Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship and have formally committed to responsible electronics recycling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency runs its Plug-In To eCycling program and participants in the program agree to maintain strict standards in recycling.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a recycler is that many are not setup to take a single computer at a time. As a result, we recommend that you contact your potential recycler before visiting to ensure that they can receive your equipment. If they can’t, ask them if they know of another responsible recycler who can.

Please be sure to visit the member solutions page to find out about recycling solutions offered by Rethink members. Many computer and electronics manufacturers offer recycling programs that you can take advantage of, even if you can't find a local recycler.


How do you find the right recycler?
Click here for a list of questions to ask before choosing a recycler.

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