Do Not Place in Garbage
Video games can leach harmful metals into the environment if not properly disposed of as e-waste.
Game Consoles Are Also E-Waste
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Best Buy Game Trade-In
Trade in unwanted video games in exchange for a Best Buy gift card. Look up your game’s trade-in value here.
Nintendo Product Recycling
Nintendo offers a free take-back program for their hardware, software, accessories and chargers. They also accept video game consoles from customers who have purchased a Nintendo console. Find out more.
Electronics Recovery and Recycling Program
California passed the Electronics Recycling Act of 2003 to regulate how electronics are handled at the end of their life. Find out which organizations will take back unwanted or damaged electronics.
Ways to Reduce
Take Proper Care of Games
Handle games carefully and store them where they will stay clean and dry, away from dust, lint and moisture. Avoid touching the game connectors directly with your fingers and always check the edge connector for debris before inserting into a game system.
Not Working? Try Cleaning It
Buy Used Games
Instead of buying a new game, consider opting for a used game in good condition. When properly stored and well cared for, games can last for decades.
Ways to Reuse
Sell Old Games
Donate Unwanted Games
Consider donating unwanted video games to places such as family shelters, children’s hospitals, schools or thrift shops. Operation Supply Drop collects video games to send to deployed troops overseas.