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eCYCLE DC: Residents

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By recycling used electronics, individuals can help recover valuable resources and properly manage potentially hazardous materials. Through manufacturers’ collection and recycling plans, eCYCLE DC brings individuals in the District of Columbia more options for recycling their electronics.

How to Recycle Your Electronics

Disposal Restrictions

As of January 1, 2018, the Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Official Code § 8-1041.07) bans the disposal of covered electronic equipment in the trash. These items must be properly recycled or reused.

Looking to discard electronics that are in usable condition or can be repaired?

DOEE recommends seeking donation or repair options before recycling. To find a local donation or repair shop, visit Reuse DC at and search the online directory. Reuse DC is the District's hub for learning where to repair, donate, and shop second-hand household items.

Why Should You Recycle Your Electronics?

  • Conserve Natural Resources - Electronics are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require substantial energy to mine and manufacture.
  • Ensure Proper Handling of Toxic Materials - Hard metals and other substances used in the manufacturing of electronics are hazardous when released into the environment. Proper end-of-life management ensures that toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium are not released into the environment.
  • Provide an Alternate Source of Precious Metals - Many electronics contain significant amounts of precious metals.  Recovering metals, such as gold, from electronic waste reduces the need for extracting additional metals from the earth.
  • Protect Human Health and the Environment - Electronics that are not managed by certified recyclers are sometimes deconstructed in a process that risks the health of workers, surrounding communities, and the environment.

Contact Us
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Visit the eCYCLE DC Resource page for a complete list of resources and documents for the eCYCLE DC program.

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