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Various parts of popular electronic devices may contain dangerous heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium, chromium and mercury. CVWMA’s electronics recycling program helps citizens properly dispose of unwanted equipment instead of landfilling them where they could cause soil, water or air contamination. Equipment collected in this program will be demanufactured for recycling. Some components may be refurbished for continued use. Over 5 million pounds of e-waste has been recycled through this program since 2006.
Special collection events
Permanent drop-off locations. These are locality specific, so please visit your locality page for more information.
Special Collection Events
Permanent Drop-off Locations
Use the Recycling Wizard to find out where to recycle electronics in your locality.
Other Electronic Recycling Resources
If your locality does not offer drop-off locations, consider the resources below:
AERC Recycling Solutions
3301 Rosedale Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
(804) 550-1762 for fees charged or visit website
Best Buy Stores
Best Buy will provide e-waste recycling and tradein at all of its stores nationwide. Go to www.BestBuy.com/tradein to receive an instant estimate of the value of your working electronics. You can trade online or take your used IPod, laptop or mobile phone purchased at Best Buy, to a participating Best Buy store. Receive a Best Buy gift card based upon the store’s evaluation of the product’s value. If none, certain items will be accepted for recycling. Contact your local Best Buy for more information.
DEQ and Virginia’s Computer Recovery and Recycling Act (2008)
Legislation was passed in 2008 to require a computer manufacturer to implement a recovery/recycling plan for those computers they manufactured and sold in excess of 500 units in Virginia in any calendar year at no charge to the consumer. Information on the legislation, and its requirements can be found at Section 10.1-1425.27 and continuing through Section 10.1-1425.38 of the Code of Virginia. Information is also posted on the VA DEQ website or you can call the DEQ at (804) 698-4000.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
List of resources to donate or recycle electronics
Learn about the 4 R’s and electronics: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink.
Costco’s Electronics and Trade-In and Recycle Program
Costco’s program is in coordination with GreenSight. For details go Costco’s website, click on “Electronics”, then “Trade-In and Recycle”.
RadioShack Trade in for Green Program
Consumer electronics retail chain RadioShack Corp. has expanded its electronics take-back program- offering trade-in of used, portable electronics.