Computers and other consumer electronics are a growing part of the solid waste stream. With newer, faster computers and consumer electronics available, County residents need outlets to properly dispose of their old equipment. Computers, televisions and other electronic equipment can contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxic materials, which should be disposed of properly.
These items also contain valuable metals such as gold, silver and palladium that can be recycled through special programs.
See how the electronics are processed.
Handy Chart of eCycling options
Local eCycling Locations: www.digitaltips.org
Local Non-Profit Locations: www.techsoup.org
General Electronics: www.epa.gov/ecycling
Cell Phones: www.epa.gov/cellphones
Best Buy and Staples have free electronics recycling (please check company links for restrictions).
Alpha Ridge eCycling accepts:
- Computer processors and accessories (please no speakers)
- Circuit boards
- Laptop computers
- VCR/DVD players
- Radios/Stereos (please no speakers)
- CD Players
- Phones and cellular phones
- ...And others items with a circuit board
Recycle your electronic items and #6 Styrofoam™ at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center. Residents using the convenience center are required to show their driver's licenses as proof of residence in Howard County.
2350 Marriottsville Road
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 4 pm
CDs & DVDs and Cases
Best Buy stores have FREE recycling collection for CDs & DVDs and cases. Or, visit Greendisk.com or cdrecyclingforfree.com for more information about mail-in recycling programs. Usable CDs or DVDs can be donated to your local library or charity such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
Trade-in your old video games and consoles to get a credit for new items. Consider local game stores or visit EZtradein.com.
Consider retailers such as Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Walgreens and the Post Office for ink cartridge take back programs. Office retailers may offer a coupon in exchange for used cartridges.
If you have usable VHS tapes, you might be able to donate them to your local library or charity such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Or, visit ACTRecycling.org, Greendisk.com or cdrecyclingforfree.com for more information about mail-in recycling programs.
Businesses can purchase a $5 yearly permit to bring electronics to the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Or, visit MDrecycles.org for options.
Residents and businesses that would like to donate computers should visit The Lazarus Foundation or MDrecycles.org.
For more information please contact: