Electronic waste, or e-waste, including computers, monitors, and televisions, are not allowed in the garbage because they contain toxic materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment. There are several options for safe disposal of these items.
We offer free curbside collection of small electronics for Des Moines single-family and multi-family residential customers.
Single Family Homes:
- Schedule a Special Recycling Item Collection.
- Items must be 2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet or smaller and weigh less than 60 lbs.
- Place items in a clear plastic bag and set on top of or next to recycle cart.
Apartments & Condos:
Apartment and condominium customers must call or submit a Special Recycling Item Form to arrange for collection. Service must be requested by the bill payer on record. Please DO NOT set appliances next to carts or containers.
Laptops, tablets, cell phones, desktops, TVs, printers, peripherals, LCD Monitors, CRT Monitors, and hard drives can be dropped off at The Recology Store. Items dropped off at the store are collected by Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). ERI is both R2 and e-Steward certified and responsibly recycles or refurbishes all e-waste received. ERI also performs data destruction in accordance with Department of Defense and National Institute of Standard and Technology protocol to ensure 100 percent data destruction.
Computers, laptops and televisions can be taken to E-Cycle Washington drop-off locations where they are collected for reuse or recycling at no charge. Call 1.800.RECYCLE or visit the E-Cycle Washington website for e-waste disposal locations and information.
The Take It Back Network provides information on how to dispose of all unwanted electronics.
Interested in buying a used and refurbished cell phone? ReCellular recycles and resells used cell phones and accessories, and Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have device take back programs.