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Recycling Electronics

Electronic trash in heap

Recycling unwanted computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines prevents releasing dangerous substances, such as lead and mercury into the environment. DPW is ready to accept residents’ unwanted electronics at DPW’s Special Waste Collection Events. View the current schedule.

Only some of the items listed below are accepted at the eCYCLE DC events run by electronics manufacturers and overseen by the Department of Energy & Environment. For a list of items accepted at those events, see 

Acceptable electronics recycling items

  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Audio cassettes
  • Batteries*
  • Camcorders
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • CD Rom drives CDs/DVDs
  • Cell phones
  • Computers and monitors
  • Connectors / cords / wires
  • Copy machines
  • Fax machines
  • Floppy drives / hard drives
  • Memory chips
  • Network / video / sound cards
  • Pagers
  • Power supplies
  • Printers
  • Scrap computer plastic
  • Scrap computer metal
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tape drives
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • VCR tapes
  • Video games and software

For other electronics recycling opportunities throughout the District please see DOEE’s eCYCLE DC Program. Note that only covered electronic equipment is accepted at these events, as discussed on the eCYCLE webpage.

*To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries’ terminals or sandwich the batteries between two layers of tape (e.g. flat button cells). These batteries should be placed in a container separate from other batteries that don’t require being taped. 

How to tape your batteries

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