Most major computer companies run their own national mailback programs. Usually for a fee, but sometimes free, these companies will send you a pre-paid mailing label, or let you print the label using their website. You then package your unwanted computer equipment and send them along, or arrange a pickup. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency runs a Plug-In To eCycling program. Participants in the program agree to maintain strict standards in recycling. To view a list of the EPA Plug-in Partners, go to: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/plugin/partners.htm
Below is a list of National Manufacturer Mail back programs.
Apple: Offers free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Mac. US customers who buy a new Mac through the Apple Store or Apple's retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer. To recycle a used computer or other electronic equipment without purchase, Apple customers in the U.S. and Canada see: http://www.apple.com/environment/recycling/nationalservices/us.html
AT&T Wirelss: Cell phones and PDAs, plus accessories and batteries for those devices. In-store drop-off (AT&T-operated and participating authorized dealer stores only). See: http://www.wireless.att.com/about/community-support/recycling.jsp
Canon: Canon offers a mail-back program that accepts CANON brand of consumer binoculars, camcorders, cameras (digital & film), fax machines, ImageCLASS products, PC copiers, printers, projectors or other video equipment, or scanners. Pricing is based on the product category:
projectors or other video equipment, or scanners. Pricing is based on the product category::
+ $6, plus applicable sales tax – Binoculars, Camcorders, Cameras, Compact Photo Printers, Film Scanners and Video Equipment
+ $12, plus applicable sales tax – Flatbed Scanners (CanoScan) and Bubble Jet Products: printers, multifunction all-in-ones, and fax machines
+ $36, plus applicable sales tax – ImageCLASS Products, Laser Fax Machines and PC Copiers
For more information, call 1-800-385-2155 and tell the representative that you would like to participate in the Canon Consumer Product Recycling Program or go to: http://estore.usa.canon.com/recycle/recycle.asp
* Dell: You will need to provide your own box and packing material. Dell offers free PC recycling at any time for Dell-brand products. Dell also offers free recycling when purchasing a new Dell product. Dell offers a mail-back program for any brand PC and related equipment for $10 per box (i.e. one PC per box, one monitor per box). See: www.dell.com/recycling
Epson: Epson offers a mail-back program that accepts EPSON printer, scanner, digital camera, laptop, computer or projector. The fee for this service is only $10 per item which includes shipping and recycling costs. Users of the service also receive a $5 coupon per item returned, for use at the Epson Store. For more information, see: http://www.epson.co.jp/e/community/environment/recycle
Gateway: Gateway offers a trade-in program and a recycling program available to customers who have made a recent Gateway purchase. In order to verify your eligibility, you will need to provide a valid serial number and proof of purchase of your new Gateway or eMachines product. The cost of the recycling program is determined by entering its weight at the site below.
o Trade-in Program informationhttp://gateway.eztradein.com/gateway/
o Recycling Program information:
HP: Mail-back program with home/office pickup for $13-34 depending on the type and quantity of hardware to be returned. Any HP or non-HP brands of personal/office computer equipment or peripherals are accepted. This includes printers, scanners, fax machines, personal computers, desk-top servers, monitors, handheld devices, etc. – along with their associated external components such as cables, mice, keyboards, etc. This program does not accept monitors with broken glass or other types of consumer electronic equipment such as VCRs, DVDs, televisions, etc.
IBM: As part of its product end-of-life management (PELM) activities, IBM began offering product takeback programs in Europe in 1989 and has extended and enhanced them over the years. IBM's Global Asset Recovery Services organization now offers Asset Recovery Solutions to commercial customers in 21 countries worldwide, and continues its efforts to extend them further. The IBM PC Recycling Service allows consumers and businesses to recycle any manufacturer's PCs, including system units, monitors, printers and optional attachments for $29.99 which includes shipping.
For more information on the service go to: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/environment/products/recycling.shtml
* Intel: Offers a mail-back program for any Intel branded product sold to individual consumers, such as Intel boxed processors, Intel boxed motherboards and Intel brand network cards. Historical items such as Intel brand PC cameras, Intel brand PC microscopes, Intel brand keyboards, etc. are also appropriate for returning to Intel for proper recycling. You are responsible for packaging and shipping the item/s to the appropriate address, and Intel will ensure returned products are properly recycled. For more information: http://www.intel.com/intel/other/ehs/product_ecology
* Lexmark: Lexmark offers a mail back program called the Lexmark Equipment Collection Program. Through this program, customers may return any end-of-life Lexmark branded products (inkjet and laser printers, all-in-one products and multifunction products), and Lexmark will recycle the equipment for free.
For more information, call 859-232-3022 or go to Lexmark
* LG Electronics: LG Electronics has announced a new take-back program, offering free recycling of LG electronics and appliances. They will take back LG brands, as well as ZENITH and GOLDSTAR, which they also now own. Consumers can drop off up to 5 items for free. They will take back other company products, but consumers will likely have to pay to drop them off. LG is partnering with Waste Management's Recycle America, similar to the Sony program. They currently have 160 sites and are pledging to have at least one site in every state by September 2008. http://us.lge.com/green/
* Panasonic:As a service to all Panasonic mobile computer individual and organizational customers, Panasonic, through its partner PlanITROI, offers three interconnected, retired IT asset solutions covering product remarketing, reuse, or recycling. Each option for Panasonic's Toughbook® mobile computers offers the assurance that the units will receive proper, environmentally sound disposal at their useful end of life. All units handled under the PlanITROI's recycling process are managed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPEAT standards. The process works the same for all customers and is free of charge. In addition, all units are handled in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense standards for data removal.
* Sony: At Sony, we support the recycling of our products with the same respect we have when creating them. Teaming up with Waste Management, we’ve built a recycling program that makes it easy to dispose of electronics in an environmentally-safe way. Bring your unwanted Sony product to any participating Waste Management eCycling drop-off center and recycle it for free: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=8198552921644513777
* Toshiba: Toshiba offers a trade-in program: http://toshiba.eztradein.com/toshiba/
Other Mailback/Buyback Programs:
Costco: Computers, CRT and LCD monitors, camcorders, digital cameras, fax machines, game systems, MP3 players, PDAs, personal printers and smartphones. Free mail-in recycling. Trade-in value paid in Costco gift cards for some items.
N.E.W. Customer Service Company: An electronics buyback program called ecoNEW. Under this program, consumers can return any electronics products they own to participating retailers even if they weren’t purchased at the store. In return they’ll receive an in-store credit gift card.
TechForward: Techforward offers a twist on the conventional online trade in service by allowing users to "lock in" the future value of their products today for a fee. Once a user has locked in a "guaranteed buy back plan" today they are given trade in values for their product for six months to two years in the future. At any point they can trade in their product for that value. The buyback guarantee also comes with the guarantee that the product will be either reused or recycled, not thrown out.
United States Post Office: The “Mail Back” program makes it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics by using free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, BlackBerry devices, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players — without having to pay for postage.
VenJuvo: VenJuvo offers an online service where customers can trade old, broken, or unwanted electronics, ranging from video game systems to GPS units, for cash or store credit. The service, available online at www.venjuvo.com, allows users to quickly calculate the value of their product based on condition and accessories included, and then receive payment either through PayPal or by mail. Payment can be received either in the form of cash or credit to major retail stores. VenJuvo also offers a free recycling service for unwanted products that have no trade in value.
Cell Phone Recycling Options:
Best Buy: Best Buy allows individuals to drop off old cell phones, inkjet cartridges and rechargeable batteries for recycling with a drop box in the entryway of each store. The same drop box provides self-mailer envelopes and labels for people who wish to send in their old inkjet and toner cartridges from home.
Motorola: Motorola offers free cell phone recycling programs are great fundraisers for K-12 schools and they reflect Motorola's commitment for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
Myboneyard: Myboneyard offers users the ability to recycle old PCs, cell phones, and laptops online. The site also offers monetary rewards to users for their products.
Nokia: Nokia's Connect to Recycling program is an innovative take-back initiative focused on recycling and safe disposal of products. Keeping Nokia products out of landfills advances human technology, while respecting the environment.
Pace Butler: www.pacebutler.com - Pays cash for some cell phones. A list of purchase prices can be found here - http://www.pacebutler.com/images/prices.pdf
T-Mobile: Cell phones, accessories, batteries and PDAs. In-store drop-off and mail-in.
WalMart and ReCellular: Earth Share, Walmart.com and ReCellular are working together to keep cell phones out of landfills - a postage paid return label can be found here: http://i.walmart.com/i/rb/4017.pdf
Wireless: Wireless... The New Recyclable is a program the wireless industry has created to facilitate environmentally sound practices among carriers and manufacturers, as well as to educate consumers about how to recycle their wireless devices. Either your wireless carrier and/or the manufacturer of your wireless phone participate in Wireless ... The New Recyclable. All participants in the program allow you to either drop off your used wireless phones and accessories at their retail stores, regardless of the model phone. Other programs have mail-in options. Go to www.recyclewirelessphones.com to learn how and where you can recycle your wireless phone. This website can help you locate a local donation center, find a charity you want to support, direct you to a mail-back program or direct you to an on-line auction where you can sell your old mobile phone(s).