Manufacturer & Retailer Take Back Programs for Electronics

NWPSC supports the efforts of manufacturers and retailers to offer take back programs whereby used electronic products are accepted from their customers and then are properly recycled, disposed or reused. Listed below are companies that take back their products and promote product stewardship principles for electronic equipment.

Retail Take Back Programs

Best Buy

Best Buy offers a free recycling program that allows consumers to bring up to three pieces of unwanted electronic equipment per day to any participating location for recycling, no matter where they were purchased. Best Buy's Trade-In program also offers mail back option that allows consumers to trade-in or recycle any qualifying consumer electronic product. If the item has a trade-in value, payment for the trade will be made via a Best Buy gift card. Customers can drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges for free at kiosks located at Best Buy US retail stores. Customers that purchase a new phone may also return old phones by mail with a postage-paid envelope.

Call2Recycle Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Locations

Customers can recycle their cell phones and rechargeable batteries at any of the participating Call2Recycle locations in North American. Visit the Call2Recycle website to find a drop off location near you.


The Canon Recycling Program allows U.S. customers to recycle their Canon products by ordering a shipping label online. Customers can recycle binoculars, camcorders, cameras, compact photograph printers, film, scanners and video equipment, scanners, inkjet printers, fax machines and multifunction all-in-one machines, fax machines, personal computer copiers and other large equipment.

Circuit City

Circuit City customers can trade-in any qualifying consumer electronic product including PCs, laptops, servers, computer monitors, digital cameras, camcorders, multimedia projectors, audio receivers, game systems, mobile phones, PDAs, ipods and GPS navigation systems and recieve payment. Payment can be made in cash, PayPal, donations to charities and other options.


Costco now offers its customers a broader electronics trade-in and recycling program by partnering with Gazelle, an electronics trade-in company. Customers can trade-in old gadgets and electronics via a website powered by and receive a Costco cash card for use at any Costco warehouse or at


RadioShack customers may trade-in or recycle any qualifying consumer electronic product. Electronic products accepted for trade-in include MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, camcorders, GPS systems, car audio equipment, laptops, game media and game consoles.  Customers can have their product appraised at a RadioShack store or on-line at RadioShack’s Trade-in Program website. Payment for the trade will be made via a RadioShack gift card. Customers will be provided a pre-paid shipping label in order to mail the items to the company for free.

Sam's Club

Sam’s Club members may trade or recycle any qualifying consumer electronic product through the Trade-In and Recycling Program, Electronic products accepted for trade-in include PCs, laptops, LCD monitors, digital cameras, camcorders, game systems, printers and MP3 players.


Staples offers free recycling of any brand, any condition of product at their retail stores. View the chart for a list of accepted technology products.

Verizon Wireless - HopeLine

Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories nationwide for domestic violence organizations. Through HopeLine, Verizon collects and securely scrubs donated phones, refurbishes and sells reusable phones, recycles unusable phones, and donates proceeds to domestic violence organizations.

Manufacturer Take Back Programs


Apple offers free mail-in computer and monitor recycling (desktop, laptop, Mac or PC) as well as iPhone and iPad recycling: call 877-712-2405 to receive a free prepaid shipping label. Apple also offers free mail-in recycling of cell phones (all makes and models) and iPods. iPods and Mac batteries can be dropped off for recycling at Apple Retail Stores for free.


Dell offers multiple recycling options including a mail back option and take back at any partering Goodwill location through their Dell Reconnect program. They also offer recycling options for other brands of electronic equipment.


Epson's Recycling Program offers a mail back program for most Epson products including printers, scanners, cameras, laptops, computers and projectors. Customers are provided with a pre-paid FedEx shipping label in the mail.


HP's Recycling Program offers several reuse and recycling options including Trade-in to upgrade to a new HP product and return of any brand of computer hardware for refurbishing, recycling and donation.


Lenovo offers free recycling (with free shipping) for all Lenovo branded products and select IBM branded products through a partnership with AERCCR, a leader in product takeback and regulatory compliance. The program includes free home or office pick up, or customers drop off their products at over 30,000 US Postal Service locations nationwide. Customers prepare the product for shipment and step through the instructions on the AERCCR webpage.


EcoTrade from Sony accepts both eligible Sony and non-Sony products and lets you trade them in for credit towards the latest Sony has to offer.  Old Sony products that have no value can be recycled for free by providing the requested information on their website to find the nearest drop off location.


Toshiba offers several reuse and recycling options on their website. The Recycling Program offered by ECO International allows Toshiba customers to mail back any Toshiba laptop or monitor for free.