Never Throw in the Garbage
Electronic tablets are known to contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, brominated flame retardants and chlorine. When electronics are thrown away, these chemicals leach into the environment.
Remove Personal Information
Before donating or recycling a tablet, remove all sensitive and personal information from the device. Deleting saved items won’t erase this information completely. Visit a local software store to pick up software to wipe the device entirely.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Apple Store Gift Card
Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple will give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more.
Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program
Microsoft accepts old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit. If your items no longer carry substantial value, they also have a recycling program.
HP Hardware Recycling
HP accepts tablets and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling. Request a mail-back label here.
Best Buy Recycling Program
Staples' Take Back Program
Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers and other electronics. Locate the nearest Staples.
Gazelle Trade-In Program
Gazelle refurbishes and resells electronics, including cell phones, iPads, and Macbooks. Get a quote for your item, ship it free of charge and receive payment as soon as they’ve inspected it.