Are electronics recyclable? You bet they are! But please do not place unwanted electronics in your blue recycling bin.
Montgomery County residents and businesses may recycle electronics by bringing them to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. Our electronics drop-off is open daily, and is located in the Recycling Area of the Transfer Station site.
Residents are responsible for the off-loading of material from their vehicles.
Accepted items include
All collected items are recycled.
Our electronics recycling program does not accept these items
However, these items are accepted for recycling through other recycling programs, which you can locate through these resources
Yes, you may use a truck you own, borrow, or rent to deliver electronic items to us.
The electronics you bring to us may go to
The County’s recycling contractor and non-profit partners may destroy via disassembly or refurbish computers for reuse. The contractor also may recover metals and plastic components from the computers and sell them.
The County requires its contractor and non-profit partners to erase data from equipment that will be reused and to destroy remaining memory devices.
While we take reasonable measures to work with reputable companies and organizations, we recommend that you protect against unauthorized use of personal information. Use a data-wiping tool to erase personal data before dropping electronics off for recycling.
Examples of “personal information” include
You can find data-wiping tools online at no cost.
A resource listing of several organizations for reuse opportunities.
Check the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s list of local donation opportunities, which includes computers.
Local computer reuse organizations also accept donations of computers and related items.
A variety of organizations offer trade-in, take back or drop-off programs. Some of them provide this service at no cost for to you, some charge you a fee, and others may offer credit towards the purchase of new equipment.