Recycling Computers and Home Electronics

Electronics recycling is good for the environment! It conserves resources including non-renewable precious metals, petroleum products, energy, and more! It also saves landfill space. Did you know that an estimated 60 million computers will be deemed obsolete yearly in the U.S?

Vermont recently became the 21st state to pass an electronic waste (E-waste) recycling law, which establishes producer responsibility for collecting and recycling E-waste from households, charities, schools and businesses. The law will ban disposal of E-waste on January 1, 2011, and will provide convenient and free collection of certain electronics beginning on July 1, 2011. The District Transfer Station will remain a collection point under this new system.  Click here for more information!

Electronics recycling also reduces hazards by keeping potentially hazardous materials out of landfills, and promotes jobs in the reuse, repair and recycling industry.

All the electronics listed below are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont, and may be recycled at the District Transfer Station. Nominal fees may apply.

Vermont’s electronic waste law bans the disposal of certain electronic devices and provides for FREE and convenient collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions for covered entities: consumers, charities, school districts, and small businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals. Other individuals who bring in seven (7) or fewer devices can also recycle these devices at no charge.

NOTE:  All other banned electronic devices other than those mentioned above are also accepted at the District Transfer Station for a fee.  A list of ALL banned devices is below (click here to see the rate sheet for fee details).

computers

peripherals

computer monitors

printers

CRTs

TVs

PDAs, MP3 players (& other personal e-devices)

electronic game consoles

fax machines

wireless phones

telephones

answering machines

VCRs

DVD players

digital converter boxes

stereo equipment

E-device power cords & chargers

Larger Loads of Electronics

If you have a large load of electronics, please call us first (388-2333) to schedule an appointment.  Fees for large loads or large individual items will be based on weight.

Other Recycling Options

  • RetroWorks in Middlebury accepts computers that are less than 3 years old and in good working condition.  A recycling fee applies.  Hours are Mon-Sat, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Call 388-3608 for details.
  • ReSOURCE in Burlington accepts computers for recycling.  A fee applies for older machines.  Call 658-4143 for details.
  • LG Electronics has a national take-back and electronics recycling program, offering free recycling of LG electronics and appliances. They will take back LG brands, as well as Zenith and Goldstar. Consumers can drop off up to 5 items for free.
  • Dell, HP, and Apple also have their own computer takeback programs.
  • Also see this consolidated list of electronics recycling programs nationwide.