Americans discard 300 million tons of electronic waste each year, and much of that still goes directly into landfills and incinerators. Recycling these unwanted devices is better than disposal because they can contain a variety of toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, used electronic products are a serious problem in the waste stream and should be recycled.

Conserve Natural Resources

Electronics contain valuable materials – including copper, gold and aluminum – that can be recycled and used in new products. Recycling these materials prevents the need to extract virgin materials, conserving natural resources.

Reduces Gashouse Emissions

Using recycled materials consumes less energy than using virgin materials to make new products. Because less energy is consumed, less greenhouse gases are emitted. The U.S. EPA estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.

Supports the Community

Donating your old electronics supports schools, low-income families, and non-profits by providing needed electronics.

Protects our Health and Environment

Electronics can contain substances of concern, such as lead and mercury. E-cycling protects our health and environment by keeping these substances out of our landfills and incinerators.