Definition: Computers and peripherals (e.g., printers, scanners, ZIP drives, keyboards), phones, cameras, televisions, fax machines, portable gaming devices, video equipment, audio equipment, etc.
Donation and Recycling Locations
E-cycling is the Law: Virginia law requires any manufacturer that sells (or offers for sale) more than 500 units of computer equipment in the state to provide an opportunity for customers to return or recycle their equipment at no charge. Find out what your brand offers.
Also see the Environmental Protection Agency's E-cycling List.
Specific Types of Electronics:
- Computers and Televisions: Beginning July 1, 2014, these materials will be accepted at the e-cycling stations at the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex.
- Rechargeable Batteries: Accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste disposal sites at both the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill complex and at various government office drop-off locations.
- Cell Phones: Beginning July 1, 2014, cell phones will be accepted at the e-cycling stations at both the I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex. Cell phones are also accepted at various government office drop-off locations.
Before Donating or Recycling Your Used Electronics:
- Delete all personal information from your electronic device before recycling it.
- Remove any batteries from your electronics as they may need to be recycled separately.
- Rather than buying a brand new computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software on your existing device instead.
Electronic products are made from metal, plastics, and glass -- all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Reusing and recycling these materials conserves natural resources. In addition, many electronics contain lead, mercury, beryllium and cadmium. If improperly disposed of, these contaminants may be released into the environment.
When possible, electronics are refurbished and/or resold. In some
cases, electronics are disassembled, sorted by material (metals,
plastics, glass, etc.) and sold on the recyclables market. Hazardous
components, such as leaded glass in certain computer monitors or TVs, are
removed and sent for proper recovery and recycling in a permitted
hazardous waste facility.
Yes. Businesses are legally responsible for managing all toxic materials
that are used and/or stored on site. Electronic equipment and
rechargeable batteries fall in this category. Business owners and
managers should visit the Know Toxics
website for more information.