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The FREE Vermont E-Cycles electronic recycling program established collection locations that are located statewide and operate year-round. All computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals and TVs - regardless of brand, age, or condition - are accepted for FREE recycling.

Vermont’s electronic waste law bans the disposal of certain electronic devices and provides for FREE and convenient collection of up to seven (per day) computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions for any entity for no charge. All other banned electronic devices other than those mentioned above are also accepted at these locations; however, there may be a fee to dispose of those items. These devices include personal electronics such as personal digital assistants and person music players (MP3 players), electronic game consoles, fax machines, wireless phones, telephones, vcr's, dvd players, digital converter boxes, stero equipment, and electronic device power cords and charges. There may be a charge for these devices.

Locate a Vermont E-Cycles collection location near you

Or call toll free at:  1-855-6ecycle


Why does Vermont have an E-Cycles program?

  • Electronic devices contain toxic materials (including lead, mercury, and chromium) that should be managed responsibly as well as precious metals (such as gold) that should be recovered and recycled
  • Although electronic waste is a small component of all waste that is disposed, it is the fastest growing component of waste. Consider that in 1970, most households had only 1 TV and 0 computers. More than 1.6 million pounds of e-waste were collected by VT solid waste districts in 2008.
  • Manufacturers will pay for the e-waste collection and recycling program starting July 1, 2011.



Education and Outreach

MERCURY BANNED FROM DISPOSAL IN VERMONT LANDFILLS - As of July 1, 2007, it is illegal to dispose of mercury or products containing mercury (whether they are labelled or not) in Vermont landfills. This includes, but is not limited to, fluorescent bulbs and mercury containing lamps, laptops, mercury thermometers, mercury thermostats, all flat panel screens (example: computer monitors) or any other mercury containing device. Fluorescent lamps and electronic devices (computers, hand-held devices) (electronics collection) are collected at your local transfer station/recycling center for proper collection, recycling, and/or disposal (there are disposal fees in place at each transfer station/recycling center for these items). All other mercury containing products can be taken to the household hazardous waste collection events. or taken to the RCSWD hazardous waste depot during normal operating hours. There is no charge to residents for household hazardous waste collection and disposal. Businesses will pay a nominal disposal fee. Visit for detailed information.

Information on universal waste and mercury containing lamps.

The Story of Stuff project has released an excellent new 7-minute film, the Story of Electronics.

Computers and other home and business electronics can help us out in a lot of ways. But the materials they are made from can poison the environment if they're thrown in the trash or handled improperly once their useful life is through.
COMPUTERS contain aluminum, lead and many other hazardous materials, including mercury.

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Computers and other home and business electronics can help us out in a lot of ways. But the materials they are made from can poison the environment if they're thrown in the trash or handled improperly once their useful life is through.

One average television screen contains four to eight pounds of lead. Both lead and mercury damage human nervous systems.
Children are most at risk, as even low levels of exposure can cause developmental problems.



When it's time to get rid of your old computer, television or other home electronics, don't throw them in the trash. Most of the SWAC towns have computer/electronic collection boxes located at a transfer station or recycling center. Contact your town office for further details and recycling fees. Electronics can also be brought to any registered collection facility in Vermont.
What happens to the electronics?
  • Some get refurbished. Some parts will be removed to be reused. The rest will be broken down into each different constituent (black plastic, white plastic, copper, glass, leaded glass, wire, circuit boards for, precious metals, etc.) and recycled.


Rutland County Solid Waste District

EPA's eCycle

Guide to Recyling Appliances

Product Stewardship Institute

2009 Free Electronics Collection Event

2010 Free Electronics Collection Event Synopsis