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Electronics Recycling

eCYCLE DC - Electronics Recycling

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.

eCYCLE DC

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
  • DVRs
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Keyboards
  • Monitors (screens larger than 6 inches)
  • Printers
  • TVs (screens larger than 6 inches)
  • VCRs
  • Other items

- These electronics (“covered electronic equipment”) are banned from the trash. Read more>>

Covered electronic equipment is accepted for recycling through:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 is new as of early October 2021.
    - This location accepts more than covered electronic equipment, as shown here.
  3. Manufacturers’ mailback programs and other recycling options (last updated 7/22/22)

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.

2022 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.

The October 1 event immediately below is cancelled and will be rescheduled  for December 3
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 2500 Georgia Ave NW (Ward 1)

(Near Banneker Community Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be at Georgia Ave NW & Howard Pl NW

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Collection vehicle expected to be on Pennsylvania Ave NW between 19th & 20th St NW (Ward 2)
(Near James Monroe Park)

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 1875 Columbia Rd NW (Ward 1)
(Near Kalorama Recreation Center)

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 4321 Ord St NE (Ward 7)
(Near Kenilworth Rec Center Farmer's Market)
Collection vehicle expected to be on Ord St NE

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 3260 R St NW (Ward 2)
Near Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 5625 Connecticut Ave NW (Ward 3)
Near Chevy Chase Library

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 4001 Calvert Street NW (Ward 3)
(Near Stoddert Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on Calvert St NW between 40th Pl NW & 39th Pl NW

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 5900 33rd Street NW (Ward 4)
(Near Lafayette-Pointer Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on 33rd St NW between Quesada St NW & Patterson St NW

Stay tuned for details on a second October 29 event

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 301 Franklin Street NE (Ward 5)
(Near Edgewood Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on Franklin St NE between Lincoln Rd NE & 4th St NE

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 1801 Hamlin St NE (Ward 5)
(Near Woodridge Neighborhood Library)

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 403 7th St SE (Ward 6)
(Near Southeast Neighborhood Library)

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near the corner of D St SE & 3rd St SE (Ward 6)
(Near Folger Park)

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
1812 Erie St SE (Ward 8)
(Near Fort Stanton Recreation Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be on Erie St SE, between 17th Pl SE and 18th Pl SE

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 5001 Central Ave SE (Ward 7)
(Near Capitol View Neighborhood Library)

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 115 Atlantic St SW (Ward 8)
(Near Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library)

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10 am-2 pm
Near 2500 Georgia Ave NW (Ward 1)
(Near Banneker Community Center)
Collection vehicle expected to be at Georgia Ave NW & Howard Pl NW

Interested in being notified when more eCYCLE DC events are posted or if there are changes to the above 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.

In 2022, there will be two eCYCLE collection events in each Ward during each quarter.

Contact Us: Please email [email protected] with questions.


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