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Where Can I Recycle Electronics in Philadelphia
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Where Can I Recycle Electronics in Philadelphia

As of January 2013, Pennsylvania made it illegal to ditch your electronics curbside. So what can you do with all of your tricky electronics to recycle?

Lucky for you, my dear reader – we have Where can I Wednesday to answer that for you. (Note: Make sure to call the business before bringing e-waste, as this list is liable to change.)

Where to Recycle Electronics in Philadelphia

  • eForce Recycling (3114 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146) accepts electronics and assures that the highest environmental value is achieved (and that all obsolete material is demanufactured onsite).
  • Philadelphia Sanitation Convenience Centers: accept E-waste, including computers, monitors, televisions, and other computer-related equipment. Here’s a list of the Philadelphia locations.
  • Best Buy: (2300 S Columbus Blvd, 2130 Route 70, Cherry Hill NJ) accepts most electronic recycling for no charge. Exceptions apply.
  • Staples (1500 Chestnut Street, 19102; Staples – 1300 S Columbus Blvd) accepts many electronics for free recycling. Check the full list.

Need to recycle your laptop or computer? We have an entire list of where to recycle your laptop in Philadelphia, including the popular Nonprofit Technology Resources.

Keep your eyes peeled for eForce’s “Recycle anything with a Plug” events in the city & ‘burbs – they happen often!

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

7 thoughts on “Where Can I Recycle Electronics in Philadelphia

  1. Two unfortunate updates:?
    1) Non-Profit Technology Resources no longer accepts used computers & computer equipment for refurbishing. So sad. I don’t know of anyone else who is accepting used equipment to refurbish and offer to economically disadvantaged neighborhood organizations.

    2) eForce Compliance does not do residential e-cycling (electronics recycling) drop-off events in the city anymore, just the suburbs. They have a list for Spring ’16 on the website:
    eforcecompliance [dot] com [slash] collection_events_residental_2016 [dot] html

    — However, silver lining: you can drive your stuff to eForce any day during their operating hours. Go to the following page & scroll down to find “consumer drop off center”:?
    eforcecompliance [dot] com [slash] collection_events [dot] html

    Sometimes neighborhood associations have e-cycling & hazardous waste drop-offs that include electronics, I don’t know how to tap into a broader list, usually I hear through the grape vine, but I went to one that was run by SOSNA, and one that was down in deeper South Philly in the parking lot next to Taludo’s Bakery, run by Passyunk Square (I think). So keep your eyes peeled!

    I’m skeptical of how well Best Buy or Staples really stick to good recycling practices, and also if there’s money to be made I’d rather the profits went to a small company like eForce, or to the City of Phila than a mega-corp.

  2. Thanks for the updates, Valerie! These change from time-to-time, so good to know.

    We’ll keep our readers updated of any spring events we hear of!

  3. I have a number of electronic items in my basement that I would like to get rid of but don’t know where to take them. Please advise if there are any events happening in South Philadelphia area for anything with a plug.

  4. Great list! It is important that consumers everywhere begin to implement e-waste recycling methods. Improper disposal of e-waste has detrimental impacts on the environment. However, there are ways to handle e-waste effectively. LEED’s Storage and Collection of Recyclables Credit rewards projects that properly recycle materials. In addition, Apple is joining in with the innovative robot named Liam. Check it out on Poplar Network: https://www.poplarnetwork.com/news/manage-e-waste-disposal-leed

  5. Thanks Monique! I did not know so many things were accepted at Philly
    Sanitation centers. I did know that there is a “pilot Styrofoam
    recycling project” at the Northeast Drop-off Center at
    State Road & Ashburner Street [Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6
    p.m.], though how successful that project is I’m not sure, the info I
    find on it still calls it a recently launched pilot project even though I
    learned of it about 3 years ago. I’ve taken stuff there and they do
    have a separate dumpster just for Styrofoam.

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