Take it Back Network
The Take it Back Network works to keep reusable resources and hazardous components from reaching landfills. The partnership consists of:
- Government agencies
- Repair shops
- Charitable organizations
Network members commit to providing environmentally sound recycling services. They agree to recycle the materials domestically or in developed nations. If asked, they can also provide customers with documentation about how and where their materials are recycled.
Recyclers in the Take it Back Network accept a variety of electronic equipment. This includes:
- Cell phones and PDAs
- Fax machines
- Audio/Video and camera equipment (including DVD and VCR players)
- Household electronics
- Rechargeable batteries
Most Take it Back organizations charge a fee for recycling. This fee covers the labor costs of taking apart the equipment and transporting the materials to a processing plant. Fees change often, please call the vendor to verify the current cost.
Authorized E-Cycle Washington collection sites offer free recycling for computers and laptops, monitors, and TVs. There is a fee for Electronics that are not included in the E-Cycle Washington program.
Rules about electronics recycling in King County
Electronic devices such as computer monitors and TVs contain hazardous materials. Disposal of electronic devices must follow local, state, and federal regulations, as well as international trade laws.
King County waste acceptance policy
As of October 1, 2005, computers, monitors, televisions, and cell phones are not accepted in the garbage or at transfer stations. Visit the Waste Acceptance Policy for more details about what items transfer stations accept.
If you are a Seattle resident
The city of Seattle does not accept electronics that contain CRTs in commercial or residential garbage or at any transfer station (Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Director's Rule 2003-01).
Washington state regulations
The Electronic Product Recycling Law, Chapter 173-900 WAC, requires manufacturers of TVs, computers, and monitors to provide recycling services for these products at no cost. This service is for households, small businesses, charities, school districts, and small governments. For more information about the program visit the Department of Ecology website.
Other Recycling Companies
For a list of electronics recyclers that are not part of the Take it Back Network, visit the electronics section of the What Do I Do With…? website.
Take it Back Network membership requirements do not apply to non-member recyclers. Businesses and organizations may export electronics to countries with less strict environmental regulations. Before you pay a fee to recycle your electronics, make sure to ask about how and where a business recycles their materials.
How to recycle your items with the Take it Back Network
See the vendor descriptions below for accepted items, locations, and hours. Call the vendor to verify your item is accepted or if you need to make an appointment.