Electronics and Electronic Media - Reuse and Recycle

A list of organizations that will reuse and recycle electronic media, such as CDs, DVDs, jump drives, floppy disks, etc.

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As of September 2013, the City of St. Louis Recycling Program offers the collection of electronics on scheduled bulk pick-up days.  Consult the City of St. Louis Refuse page to determine your pick-up dates.  All battery and corded electronics are accepted, including:
  •  Home entertainment (VCRs, Betamax, DVD players, cassette players, Blue Ray players, 8-track players, turntables, etc.)
  •  Kitchen items (blenders, food processors, toasters, microwaves, etc.)
  •  Bathroom items (curling irons, flat irons, night lights, electric razors, electric toothbrushes, clocks, blow dryers, etc.)
  •  Yard equipment (weed eaters, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc.)
  •  Appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.)
  •  Office equipment (printers, scanners, copiers, etc.)
Drop-off sites are also available.

Also, the St. Louis Regional Partnership for Electronics Recovery was formed in 2002 as a result of a grant issued by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. The purpose of the grant was to develop a regional consumer electronics collection program that would offer a convenient and cost-effective program throughout the region year-round.  The Partnership also established a set of criteria for these host sites to meet in order to ensure that the electronics are managed in an environmentally safe manner.

To find a host site near you, please go to www.ecyclestlouis.org.  This program will be expanded in later 2014 as eCycle Missouri with locations throughout Missouri to be listed.

Electronic Media

Electronic media includes items such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video game cartridges, and other storage devices.  The best option for these items is to first try to reduce your waste. Surf the web and you'll find companies that can refinish or repair your CDs, DVDs, game disks, or videotapes for less than it would cost to replace them. Second, reuse materials. Borrow music CDs and DVDs from your local library. Rent DVDs and videogames from your local retailer. Trade with family, friends, and neighbors. Check with local camps, charities, community centers, daycare centers, nonprofits, shelters, etc. and ask if they will accept your donation. Some retailers will buy your used CDs, DVDs, or videogames. Otherwise, options for reusing and/or recycling electronic media include:

Adonis Recycling
Phone: 636.638.1017 or 866.496.6991
Address:  108 Walnut St., Festus, MO 63028 (near Festus post office)
Materials Accepted:  consumer electronics, PC, servers, networking equipment, appliances, pretty much anything that takes a battery or can be plugged in.
Fees:  some fees may apply.  Consult Adonis for more information.

Best Buy
Web:  www.bestbuy.com (keyword:  recycle)
Materials Accepted:  CDs, DVDs, BluRay Discs, HD DVDs, Video Games (e.g., CD ROM, Cartridge, PC).
Fees:  none.

CD Recycling Center
Mail:  68H Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079
  • Materials Accepted:  CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, jewel cases, slim cases, sleeves, plastic DVD cases, inserts, covers, and manuals.
  • Fee:  none.  You are responsible for shipping.
CD Recycling LLC
Mail:  c/o Back Thru The Future, 150 Main Street, Ogdensburg, New Jersey 07439
  • Materials Accepted:  CDs.
  • Fee:  none.  You are responsible for shipping.
Discs for Dogs
Mail:  3081 Union Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127
  • Materials Accepted:  music CDs and DVDs (Do not include AOL discs or CD-Rs)
  • Fee:  they reimburse you for shipping, or you can donate your reimbursement check to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).  They sell the donated items in their store (usually for $0.50 - $1.00 each) and donate 100% of the proceeds to their local SPCA.
Green Disk
Phone:  800.305.DISK (3475)
  • Materials Accepted:  CDs, diskettes, DVDs, game cartridges, tapes (audio, computer, video), Zip discs.
  • Fee:  Techno Trash Can for $29.95 will hold up to 70 pounds of media, shipping included.
  • Certificate of Destruction is available.
Lacerta Group, Inc.
  • Materials Accepted:  magnetic and data storage products, VHS cassettes, CDs, DVDs, etc.
  • Fee:  contact Lacerta for details.
Midwest Recycling Center (MRC)
Email:  Contact through website.
Phone:  1-855-MRC-RECYCLE
Locations:  Barnhart, MO • South County • Jefferson City • Park Hills, MO • Independence, MO • Kansas City, MO • Fairfield, IA
  • Materials Accepted:  Anything that plugs into a wall or takes batteries, even if the item is broken.  Other accepted materials are, but not limited to:  Computer Servers, Desktop PCs, Laptops, Netbooks, Macs, Tablets, Keyboards, Mice Speakers, Monitors, Modems, Routers, Cables, Software, All Components & Accessories Video & Photography, Blu-ray HD DVD, DVD, Laserdisc, Betamax, DVRs, Cable & Satellite Receivers, Digital & Film Cameras, Televisions, Audio Receivers, Amplifiers, Speakers, MP3 Players, CD Players, Cassette Decks, Turntables, 8-track, Boomboxes, Microphones, Mixers, Rack Equipment, DAW Office Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Faxes, Ink & Toner Cartridges, Shredders, Paper Joggers, Gaming Consoles, Hand Held Systems, Games Controllers, Headsets, All Accessories, Phone Network, Phone Systems, Cell Phones and Batteries, Land Line Phones, Cordless Phones, Rotary Phones, Satellite Phones, All Accessories . Lab Equipment, Medical Equipment, Robotics Equipment, All Cables and Power Cords, Lead-Acid Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries.
  • Will also recycle alkaline batteries for $1 per pound.
  • Fee:  A small fee may apply for television recycling. Call for details: (636) 233-0150.
  • Unaccepted Materials: any light bulbs.
Recycle For Breast Cancer
Fax:  800.315.9580     Phone:  800.315.9580
Mail:  31 Beta Court, Suite C, San Ramon, California 94583
  • Materials Accepted:  "...SDLT, DLT, LTO, 1/2" 3480, 3490, 3570, 3590, 9840, and 9940 cartridges, 4mm, DDS, 8mm, compact flash and secure digital cards, memory sticks, multi-media cards, equipment, devices..."
  • Fee:  none.  They'll provide a prepaid shipping label.
  • Materials Accepted:  CDs.
  • Fee:  shipping.  "Mail a CD, Get a CD.  Every time you ship a CD to another member, you can request one for yourself, having it delivered directly to your door!  Any album you request is yours to keep, share, or trade."
  • Materials Accepted:  DVDs.
  • Fee:  shipping.  "List movies you want to get rid of.  Once a DVD is requested, mail it to the club member.  In return, you may choose from over 188,000 available movies!  DVDs you request are mailed to you for free.  Not late fees, no hidden charges."
  • Materials Accepted:  audiobooks, DVDs, videogames.
  • Fee:  $2.00 per order (including shipping), or free if listing 50 or more items.  Materials exchanged with no buying or selling.

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