Electronics / Computers

Electronics

Like computers, other forms of electronic waste contain hazardous materials such as:

  • Brominated flame retardants
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Lead
  • Mercury

These should not be thrown away with regular trash. Here are some companies you can work with to dispose of your electronics properly. Check our Turning Trash into Treasure Guide (PDF) for more information and locations all around the area that reuse and / or recycle these items.

iPods - Reuse

Instead of buying a new iPod, why not just fix the one you have? Here are some options:

  • Apple
    Apple will replace batteries in out-of-warranty iPods for a moderate charge. Their service comes with a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship.
  • iPodResQ
    iPodResQ sells a do-it-yourself replacement battery kit for all versions of iPods. They also offer a 24 hour mail-in service for battery replacement. They also repair
    • Logic boards
    • Ports
    • Screens
    • Scroll wheels
    • Hard drives
    • Anything else wrong with your iPod

iPods - Recycle

  • Apple Store
    Bring your iPod into any Apple retail store for free recycling. If you want to buy a new one, you will receive a discount towards your purchase.

Computers

Toxins in your computer are linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, these include:

  • Brominated flame retardants
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Lead
  • Mercury

Let's work together to ensure these hazardous materials do not end up in our landfills! Visit the national PC Disposal website for more information.

For more information on the environmental and health effects of computers, have a look at the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition website and their Clean Computer Campaign website.

  1. Computer Re-Use
  2. Computer Recycle
  3. Computer Take Back

Re-Use

Donations for Charitable Causes

  • Goodwill Industries, Inc.
    557 E Michigan Avenue
    Saline, MI 48176
    Phone: 734-429-2789
    Goodwill and Dell partnered to create RECONNECT, a statewide computer recycling, and reuse program. Simply drop off your unwanted computer or computer-related equipment, at any Goodwill store or donation center throughout the state of Michigan!
  • Metropolitan Detroit Computers for Schools
    David Lieberman
    Detroit, MI
    Phone: 248-851-6848
    Collects high volumes of computers and distributes them to local schools or Nonprofits. Contact if you are looking for used computers

  • Synod Residential Services
    TECH Horizons Program
    615 S Mansfield
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Phone: 734-483-9363
    Synod Residential Services are "dedicated to assisting disabled adults within the Southeastern Michigan community in developing their skills in, and gaining access to, the tools of technology. They accept Pentium and higher computers.

  • Nonprofit Recycling and Reuse Network
    A network of individual, independent, and unaffiliated nonprofit organizations linked together through this website. When you offer to donate equipment, if what you have to offer is useful to one of the participants, you will be contacted by them through the online system.

  • Wherever God Wills
    1312 Dunham SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507
    Phone: 616-452-2683
    Youth support network serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan areas.

  • Computers with Causes
    Computers with causes evaluates each and every donation on a case by case basis. Whenever financially beneficial, computers with causes will repair, refurbish, and properly prepare donated property for placement into an educational environment or other cause we support. The ultimate goal is to maximize the benefit of your donations both financially and through educational purposes to the communities in which we live.

Donate for Resale

  • Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center
    2420 S Industrial
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Phone: 734-222-7880
    Donation Times: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    They accept computers that are one year old or less in good working order. They do not accept computers with RAM and drives removed. They accept monitors if they are less than five years old and Flat Panel only. They do not accept printers of any kind, fax machines or typewriters.

Sell Your Computer for Material Reuse

  • Select Metals Recycling
    5455 S State Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Phone: 734-662-0317
    They will pay you for PC units as well as non-ferrous scrap metals such as copper, brass, and aluminum. They do not accept keyboards, monitors or printers.
  • Michigan State Industries
    David Keith
    Lansing, MI
    Phone: 313-368-3200, ext. 1600
    Please call to make and appointment