Technological advances and the resulting increase in electronic equipment pose a unique situation in terms of waste disposal. While electronic waste, also known as e-waste only represents a small portion of the waste stream (about 1%), the potential impact on the environment is high. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the increasing amount of electronic waste may cause environmental hazards. The EPA contends that many of the materials found in electronic equipment (e.g. computers, mobile phones, and batteries) can present hazards to the environment and to human health.
Commercial Computer and Technology Recycling
Many companies have established a year-round recycling program for consumer electronics. See the information below on options for recycling electronic waste.
ERG Environmental Services
13040 Merriman, Livonia, Michigan 48150
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $0.75/pound with a $20 minimum
JVS Human Services
29699 Southfield Road, Southfield, Michigan 48076
(Use southside entrance of building by Arby's, look for eCycle logo and ring the belll for service)
Tuesdays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Great Lakes Electronics
6635 Sterling Drive South, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312
Fridays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: Free (Limit 8 items per person)
High Tech Recycling
37 West Yale Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan 48340
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Free (No tube TVs accepted; tube monitors $10)
High Tech Recycling Flyer
Retail Store Drop-Off Locations
Best Buy customers can bring up to three units per day, per household, to any U.S. Best Buy store for recycling. This policy is valid regardless of where the customer bought the item, what brand it is, or how old it is. Through this program the company will accept an extensive list of consumer electronics, including televisions and monitors up to 32 inches, computer CPUs and notebooks, small electronics, VCR and DVD players, and phones, as well as accessories such as keyboards, mice, and remotes. There is no charge for this service. For more information on the Best Buy program, click here.
Staples has a program for customers to recycle e–waste by bringing their used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, and fax machines to any U.S. Staples store. All brands are accepted. No charge, limit seven items per day, no televisions or oversized printers.
For more information on the Staples e-waste recycling program, click here.
Office Depot/Office Max stores across the country are now offering a low cost recycling service for consumer electronics. Boxes can be purchased for $5, $10 or $15. The box is then taken home and filled with electronics. The open box is then returned to the store. The store will then ship the material for recycling. For more information on the Office Depot program click here.
Updated: August 2019