Take it Back Network recyclers accept a variety of electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, audio video and camera equipment (including DVD and VCR players), household electronics and rechargeable batteries.
Effective January 2009, electronics manufacturers began offering a new program called E-Cycle Washington that allows residents to recycle their computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for FREE. Residents can drop off these items at authorized E-Cycle Washington collection sites. Visit www.ecyclewashington.org external link to locate a collection site. Many of the Take it Back Network members are participating in E-Cycle Washington and will accept computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for free. They will also continue to accept electronic products not included in the E-Cycle Washington program for a fee - such as printers, mice, keyboards, fax machines, scanners, batteries, etc.
logo designates authorized E-Cycle Washington collectors.
Be sure to read the vendor descriptions and call first to verify that they will accept your equipment. Some vendors accept items by appointment only.
Most Take it Back organizations charge a fee to cover the cost of labor to take apart the equipment and to transport the materials to a processing facility. Read the detailed description of their services and the fees by clicking on the name of the vendor. The fees change frequently so call first to verify the cost of the recycling service.
Environmentally sound recycling
The organizations listed in the local Take it Back Network have agreed to recycle the materials in an environmentally sound manner, either domestically, within nations that belong to the European Union (EU) or within countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) external link . Learn more about the membership requirements to join the Take it Back Network.
Other recycling companies
For a list of electronics recyclers that are not in the Take it Back Network, go to the What Do I Do With…? website and select "Electronic Equipment" from the drop-down menu.
Note that the businesses and organizations that are not Take it Back Network members have not agreed to the Take it Back Network membership requirements and may export their equipment to countries that have less stringent environmental regulations. Before you pay a fee to have your materials processed, be sure to ask the recycler for documentation about where and how the materials are recycled to ensure the materials are being handled properly.
King county's disposal ban
View the commercial with John Curley explaining King County's electronics ban and the Take it Back Network. (Note: You will need the Windows Media Player plug-in – which you can download for free external link – to view this clip. This material will be provided in alternate formats upon request for individuals with disabilities)