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

Vermont was 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 has banned disposal of E-waste since January 1, 2011, and has provided convenient and free collection of certain electronics since July 1, 2011. The District Transfer Station is a collection point for electronics under this system.

Vermont’s electronic waste law bans the disposal of certain electronic devices.  FREE and convenient collection is provided for some of the banned devices: 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.

The following electronic items are banned from the landfill:

  • computers
  • computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • 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

All banned electronic devices are accepted at the District Transfer Station for a fee, except for those mentioned above that are accepted for free (click here to see the rate sheet for fee details).

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

  • Vermont’s E-Cycles Program drop-off locations can be found here.
  • ReSOURCE in Burlington accepts computers for recycling.  A fee applies for older machines.  Call 658-4143 for details.
  • Best Buy accepts electronics and appliances for recycling at all retail locations. Learn more here