Computer and Electronics Recycling
Consumers are required to keep covered devices, such as computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions, out of the trash, as required by The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act enacted in 2010. It is important to recycle computers and electronics because they contain materials that can become hazardous if not properly handled. Many of the materials used in electronics are valuable when recycled for use in new electronics.
If the electronics you want to discard are relatively new and in good condition, consider donating them for refurbishing. Visit www.electronicstakeback.com for more information from the Electronics TakeBack Coalition about the importance of recycling electronics. Refer to the Montgomery County website for a list of hazardous waste and electronic waste collection sites and other County related recycling news.
Free Drop-off Locations
Vintage Tech Electronics Recyclers 900 Wheeler Way, Suite B Langhorne, PA 1907
Devices can be dropped of Monday-Friday 7am-2:30pm at Vintage Tech Electronic Recyclers, 900 Wheeler Way, Suite B, Langhorne, PA 19047. This service is for PA and NJ residents. Details about what is being accepted can be found here. Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this site is a self-service drop-off location. Drop-off boxes are located behind the building, to the left of a green trash compactor.
2209 South 58th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
PA residents can drop off TVs, computers and monitors for free on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Details can be found here. Questions can be directed to: email@example.com or 215-921-7508.
Doorstep Pickup Options
The process is as easy as texting ‘PICKUP’ to 757-70-FETCH (757-703-3824) and scheduling a curbside pickup. Retrievr charges a base $12.50 doorstep fee, plus convenience fees for items that are particularly hard to collect or dispose of. More details can be found at Retrievr’s website.
- $15 for each microwave
- $38 for each TV under 150 lbs. and monitors that use a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)
- $105 for each TV 150 lbs. or more, such as those with wooden cabinets or rear-projection TVs
- $55 for each dehumidifier
- $55 for each window air-conditioner
- $55 for each mini refrigerator under 50 lbs.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Accepts working flat panel, LCD, LED, Plasma and computer monitors. NO CRT or DLP TVs are accepted. The TVs must be light enough for one person to pick up. To schedule a pickup, visit PickUpPlease or call 1-800-775-8387.
Junkluggers Recycling Center
TV and Monitors accepted for pick up. Outside pickup is $1.00 per pound and inside pickup is $1.30 per pound, with a minimum fee of $75. Call to schedule a pickup: (215)800-0922. Details can be found here.
Drop-off Locations with a Fee
1299 West James Street
Norristown, PA 19401
|Accepts CRT TVs and monitors for a fee of $1.00 per pound.|
3114 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
|Accepts CRT TVs and computer monitors. Pay fee and receive a coupon of equal or greater value that may be used in an eForce retail store.|
1110 N. West End Blvd.
Quakertown, PA 18951
|Accepts all electronics and appliances for a fee. Drop-off hours are Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.|
|J.P. Mascaro & Sons – Total Recycle Inc.
1270 Lincoln Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508
|Accepts CRT TVs and computer monitors for $1.50 per pound at the Public Drop-off Center. Hours are Monday -Saturday 7am – 5pm.|
|Perkasie PC Repair & Recycling
1133 N. 5th Street
Perkasie, PA 18944
|Accepts CRT TVs and computer monitors for a fee of $20.00 or higher, depending on size.|
2509 Wyandotte Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090
|Accepts CRT TVs and monitors for a fee and will pay for computers and some electronics. Offers hard drive shredding/wiping from computers for security.|
|The Junkluggers Recycling Center
1438 Easton Road
Abington, PA 19001
|Accepts all appliances, e-waste and metal. Accepts TV and monitors for a fee of $0.65 per pound at the drop-off recycling center. You must contact to arrange a drop off date and time in advance. (215)800-0922|
E-Waste Recycling Events
Check out the events page to see if there are any upcoming e-waste recycling events coming up in your community!
Recycling Electronic Devices
Because of Pennsylvania’s electronics recycling law, trash and recycle haulers will no longer pick up televisions, computers, and other electronic devices from curbs for disposal in the waste stream. Electronic devices include televisions, computers, laptops, monitors, CPU’s, printers, scanners, keyboards, mouse devices, speakers, cables and battery backups.
The law also requires manufacturers of devices to provide for the collection, transportation and recycling of these devices by establishing one-day events, permanent collection programs or mail-in programs. Some manufacturers offer take-back and recycling programs to allow consumers to return their products safely. Under The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, manufacturers of covered electronic devices must establish, conduct, and manage a plan to collect, transport, and recycle a quantity of covered electronic devices equal to the manufacturer’s market share. Manufacturers must annually register with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and provide for the free collection and recycling of covered devices to Pennsylvania consumers.
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
Items Eligible to be Collected Under this Program
A covered electronic computer device is a computer (desktop, laptop), computer monitor, and computer peripheral (printer, keyboard, mouse, or any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer). A covered television is a television with screen size greater than 4 inches measured diagonally.
Cell phones are not part of The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, but it is still important to recycle Cell phones, and it’s easy to recycle them. Click on reusing or recycling cell phones for more information.
Before donating or recycling a computer, it is important to remove all personal information. Visit Ten Tips for Donating a Computer for a list of disk-cleaning software, as well as other suggestions for donating your computer. If you plan to recycle your computer, you should still clear your personal information first.
Unfortunately, Montgomery County was not able to hold many electronics collection events in 2021, as manufacturers are no longer sponsoring county recycling collections in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, though state law requires electronics manufacturers to offer recycling opportunities for TVs and computers. An amendment to the Covered Device Recycling Act is needed to ensure the availability of recycling outlets. Some municipalities hold electronics collections for their residents. Check with your municipality. You may be able to recycle your covered electronic devices at special recycling events held by schools or some non-profit institutions. Refer to the Montgomery County website for a list of hazardous waste and electronic waste collection sites and other County related recycling news.