Properly recycling electronics conserves natural resources, ensures appropriate handling of toxic materials, provides a more sustainable source of precious metals, and protects human health and the environment.
Manufacturers of certain electronics that are sold in the District must provide opportunities for people in the District to recycle electronic waste generated in the city. DOEE oversees this program.
Please see the links below for more information.
- Residents - Learn how to recycle your electronics.
- Manufacturers - Learn about manufacturer registration and collection requirements.
- Retailers - Learn about the responsibility of retailers.
- Resources - Find important documents related to eCYCLE DC.
What electronics are covered by this program (“covered electronic equipment” or CEE)?
- Computers (including laptops, tablets, and e-readers with screens larger than six inches)
- Computer mice
- DVD players
- Gaming Consoles
- Monitors (screens larger than 6 inches)
- TVs (screens larger than 6 inches)
- Other items
Covered electronic equipment is accepted for recycling through:
- eCYCLE collection events listed below
- These events are run by electronics manufacturers to collect used electronic equipment at locations across the city and are overseen by DOEE.
- These events only accept covered electronic equipment.
- Department of Public Works Benning Road Transfer Station electronics drop-off
- The address of Benning Road Transfer Station is 3200 Benning Rd NE. The electronics collection is available every Saturday from 7am - 2pm (except holidays) and the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2pm (except holidays).
- This location accepts more than covered electronic equipment, as shown here.
- Manufacturers’ mailback programs and other recycling options (last updated 7/22/22)
What electronics are not included in the program?
All items that are not listed in the fact sheet.* Common examples of equipment that is not covered include:
- Loose batteries (a separate battery recycling program is expected to launch in 2023)
- Appliances, such as electric kettles or toasters
- Light bulbs
- Computer cords or wires that are not connected to a computer
- CDs or VCR tapes
- Loose ink and toner cartridges
Find out how to properly dispose of electronics not included in the eCYCLE program with the “What Goes Where” tool on the Zero Waste DC website. Read more >>
For concerns about data security, please see the following best practices for data-bearing electronic equipment. Electronics collectors recommend that consumers use commercially available data-erasing software to ensure data is removed from the equipment prior to returning for recycling. Electronics recycler protocol is to wipe or physically destroy data-bearing electronic equipment, but it is prudent for residents to erase data out of an abundance of caution.
eCYCLE Collection Events for Recycling Covered Electronics
Only covered electronic equipment (TVs, computers, and other items listed above) will be accepted at these events for free from District households, small nonprofits, and small businesses.
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 10 am-2 pm
Near the corner of 39th St NW & Newark St NW (Ward 3)
(near Newark Park)
Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10 am-2 pm
Near the corner of Van Buren St NW & 4th St NW (Ward 4)
(near Takoma Community Center)
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 10 am-2 pm
Near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave & Elmira St SW (Ward 8)
(near Fort Greble Park)
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 9 am-1 pm
Collection vehicle expected to be near the corner of I St NW & 4th St NW (either on I Street NW or on 4th Street NW) (Ward 6)
(Near Mount Vernon Triangle Farmer's Market)
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10 am- 2 pm
Near 1400 41st St SE (Ward 7)
(near Fort Davis Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on 41st St SE between Alabama Ave SE & Fort Dupont St SE
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 10 am- 2 pm
Near 2412 Rand Place NE (Ward 5)
(near Arboretum Community Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on Rand Pl NE, east of 24th St NE
Stay tuned for details about an April 1 event
Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10 am - 2 pm
Near 1230 Sumner Rd SE (Ward 8)
(near Barry Farm Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on corner of Sumner Rd SE & Wade Rd SE
More events will be posted soon. In 2023, there will be one eCYCLE collection event in each Ward during each quarter.
Interested in being notified when new events are posted, or if there are changes to posted event details? To start getting alerts, please email [email protected] with the subject “Add to List”. Please include the number of the ward you live in so DOEE can see the ward distribution of who is interested in getting these notifications.
Contact Us: Please email [email protected] with questions.
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