There are several options for dealing with used electronics. If the items are still in good working order, consider selling, trading, or donating them to others who could get more use out of them. Check out the links on the Waste Reduction page for some ideas on what to do with working electronic items.
As of January 1, 2009, the following electronic items are accepted for recycling free of charge:
Please note that fees may still apply for other electronic items and peripherals, such as computer mice and keyboards. Fees may also apply for curbside pick-up, as this is a premium service offered by haulers. To find out more about which locations and recycling services in your area accept electronics for recycling, visit the E-Cycle Washington website 1800recycle.wa.gov or call 1-800-RECYCLE.
Many broken or obsolete items can not just be thrown into the trash because most electronic devices contain materials, such as heavy metals, that are dangerous to human health and the environment. When items containing these toxins end up in landfills the poisons can leak out and contaminate the surrounding area, eventually making their way into our air, food, or water. Furthermore, even broken electronics usually have parts that can be recycled or reused, so recycling saves energy and natural resources.