7 electronic recycling resources for keeping hardware out of landfills

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Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled— let’s change that.

The world’s largest IT hardware manufacturers all have recycling programs. You just need to know where to look. All of these programs strive for the same goal: Safely recycle or dispose of IT hardware and e-waste, saving it from landfills. Many businesses that sell IT equipment, as well as some states, run e-waste recycling programs, too.

Every program is a little different, depending on the manufacturer. So here are the recycling programs from six of the largest IT manufacturers, plus SHI’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to asset recovery.


Lenovo with RLG Americas: Lenovo has synced up with the Reverse Logistics Group, a trusted head in hardware recycling, for safe disposal of Lenovo computers and accessories. This free solution lets you recycle devices in two easy ways: Drop them off at your local U.S. Post Office or have them picked up at your office. Lenovo encourages customers to use its Secure Data Disposal tool, or other similar services, before recycling devices. Large organizations can partner with Lenovo for larger asset recovery and recycling services. Another program, Call2Recycle, is dedicated to recycling notebook batteries.

Dell Reconnect: Dell has partnered with more than 2,000 Goodwill locations across North America that will ensure the proper disposal of your used computer equipment. Computers (no matter the brand or condition) will be evaluated and either refurbished or suitably recycled; refurbished computers are sold through Goodwill. Dell Reconnect has kept more than 427 million pounds of e-waste out of landfills since 2014 and given Goodwill another revenue stream. Another service, Dell’s Mail-back Recycling Program, lets organizations recycle devices directly with Dell through free FedEx shipping.

HP Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program: This program, run in conjunction with Market Velocity, potentially pays you for old hardware. A wide range of HP products are accepted under the company’s Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling program, including notebooks tablets, printers, and desktops and workstations. Customers have to fill out a questionnaire for each piece of hardware before shipping it back to HP and will receive a quote; once HP receives the device, customers receive either an HP gift card or check, depending on the device’s buyback value. If devices don’t qualify for the buyback program, they’ll still be recycled safely.

Apple’s Renew and Recycle Program: This covers all of your Apple desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices. In some cases, recycling eligible products through Apple may entitle customers to a gift card. All products are either refurbished or responsibly recycled; recycling can also be done in store in some states.

Cisco Takeback and Recycle Program: Through Cisco’s recycling program, raw materials and metals, such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, shredded circuit boards, and cables, are reclaimed and used again in other hardware products. Cisco reports that more than 99 percent of the electronics sent for processing are recycled. All Cisco products are accepted in the Takeback and Recycle Program, as well as some hardware from other IT providers.

Samsung Recycling Direct Program: Samsung has an extensive recycling program for everything from laptops to printer toner. As of January 2016, Samsung has helped safely recycle more than 500 million pounds of hardware; its goal for 2016 is to responsibly recycle more than 120 million pounds of e-waste.

SHI Asset Recovery Services: SHI’s asset recovery and recycling services takes the hassle away and provides one-size-fits-all recycling and safe disposal. SHI and its partners pick up all of your unwanted equipment, ensure all data is destroyed, and refurbish the hardware or safely recycle all e-waste. Once the process is finished, organizations receive documentation that their e-waste was properly disposed of or recycled.

Don’t just throw away dusty devices

If we recycled a million laptops, we’d save the electricity equivalent of 3,657 homes. That’s a whole lot of energy we could save, but much of the hardware ends up in landfills. E-waste recycling programs help recover some of that energy while keeping hazardous chemicals out of landfills.

Every major manufacturer has a hardware recycling program and there are many different ways to safely get rid of unwanted laptops, computers, and mobile devices. And they’ve made it as easy as sending it through USPS or dropping it off at a local Goodwill. While some programs include data disposal, organizations should wipe their devices of all data before participating in these recycling services.

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