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Where can I recycle electronics?
Electronics, specifically TVs and computers, were banned from
disposal in landfills due to state legislation that also required the companies making the electronics responsible for offering recycling programs. Unfortunately, this has not only created a
difficulty for many residents to find electronics recycling programs, but has made recycling electronics very expensive.
Erie County residents do have some options for recycling
electronic items; some programs are open to all Erie County residents, but some are only open to residents of a specific municipality. Most programs will require a fee for service.
- Best Buy still accepts some small electronic items, though all Pennsylvania Best Buy stores no longer accept computer monitors and televisions. For specific
details, check out the Best Buy Electronics and Appliances Recycling page or call Best Buy at 814-860-8487. Some items are accepted for free; others may require the purchase of a new item or a small fee.
- Goodwill has partnered with Dell to provide free drop-off recycling of any brand of used computer equipment, in any condition. Drop-offs are accepted at Goodwill’s
locations in Summit Towne Center, on West 26th Street, or on Nagle Road.
- Staples will accept some electronic items, specifically those connected with computers. These items will be accepted for free, limited to seven items per person.
For information, see the Staples Recycling page or call Staples at 814-868-4901. Staples does not accept televisions.
- Penelec, through the Energy Efficiency Rebate program, will take working refrigerators and freezers when you purchase a new one. For more information, see
the Appliance Turn-In Program.
Other electronics recycling
- Environmental Coordination Services and Recycling, 3237 U.S.
Highway 19 in Cochranton, accepts drop-offs of materials for a fee. The company also operates on Tuesdays at the Erie County Recycling Center, 1624 Filmore Avenue. You must make an appointment. Fees
apply. For more information, call 866-815-0016.
- Erie County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection events are held on the second Saturday of each month from February through December. There are
small fees for items to be recycled. Pre-registration is required. Fees apply. Call 866-815-0016 or register online to make an appointment for the county-sponsored collections event.
- Lincoln Recycling, 1602 Selinger Avenue, accepts
some electronics, including computer monitors and televisions. Fees apply. Call 814-838-7628 for more details.
- ProWaste, 813 East 18th Street, accepts
televisions and computers. Fees apply. Call 814-835-2739 for more details.