Recycle Electronics, Big and Small

Did you know you can recycle tablets. mice, phones, calculators, radios, wires, cables and cords? Besides your local municipality, Staples and Best Buy stores will take most of your unwanted electronics and accessories for free no matter where you bought them or how old they are.

Staples will take All-in-one computers, Cable/satellite receivers, Calculators, Camcorders, CD/DVD/Blu-ray players, Computer speakers, Copiers, Cordless phones, Desktop computers, Digital cameras, Digital projectors, eReaders, External hard drives, Fax machines, Gaming devices, GPS devices, iPods / MP3 players, Keyboards, Laptops, Mice, Mobile phones, Modems, Monitors, Printers & multifunction devices, Routers, Scanners, Shredders, Small servers, Stereo receivers, Tablets, UPS/battery backup devices, Video streaming devices, etc.

Best Buy will take TVs and Video, Computers & Tablets, Cell Phones & Radios, Appliances, Ink & Toner, Rechargeable Batteries, Audio, Music & Movies, Video Games & Gadgets, Cameras & Camcorders, Car Audio, Video & GPS, etc.

Update 2017: Best Buy no longer accepts CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray/HD DVD.

Recycling at Whole Foods Market

Some Whole Preserve-Gimme5-Bin-299x300_0Foods Markets have great recycling programs for their customers. Here are the items you can bring to your local Whole Foods Market*:

  • Brita filters, yogurt cups and other #5 plastics. Most municipalities in Massachusetts will accept plastics labeled #5 but they are often forced (by economic necessity) into bundling them with other plastics; in this process, they’re combined (downcycled) to form a mixed plastic bale, which is of low value and is often shipped overseas to an unknown end of life. So if you are serious about recycling, it’s better to bring them to your local Whole Foods.
  • Batteries. Whole Foods Market discontinued accepting batteries a few years ago. But recently (Winter 2016), I have seen new signs in some stores saying that they will take batteries. Despite of this, very few stores will accept them, so please call beforehand.
  • Books.
  • Cellphones.
  • Corks.
  • Clothing and Shoes.
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Gift cards.
  • Plastic bags, stretch plastic and bubble wrap. Please note that you CANNOT put these in your regular recycle bin. Municipalities won’t recycle them and if you put them in your recycle bin they will end in the landfill.
  • Plastic, cans and metal bottles/cans.
  • Reusable shopping bags.

*Not all Whole Foods Markets take all the items listed here. Please call your local Whole Foods before you bring these items to the store.