How to Recycle Electronics in DC

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Do you have a bunch of antiquated electronics hanging around your crib? Like the off-brand Palm Pilot that you never took out the packaging or chargers from those Blackberry's you lost ways back?

Yes, we all have a stash of unused gadgets (and the cords to match!) somewhere in our homes.

Luckily, there are plenty of recycling options in DC/ Greater Metropolitan area that take your old technology.


I took two shopping bags of items to Turtle Wings in Capitol Heights, MD. You can also take items to Best Buy, which has a pretty thorough recycling program, Radio Shack and most cell phone retailers, but I'm an avid supporter of local businesses, so off to Turtle Wings I go.

Turtle Wings' story is similar to my own. In the early 2000s, Turtle Wings founder, Elizabeth, was ready to update her computer and couldn't find a place that would take her bulk machine from the 90s.

She took matters into her own hands and started Turtle Wings!

I also think Turtle Wings takes a lot more than one of those electronic stores. I dropped off a bag of loose cords (everything from AV cords to fuse wires), two old Blackberrys, a broken digital camera and a broken waffle maker (seriously, a waffle maker!).

There are a few things Turtle Wings will not take, check out the list here. For more places in the area that accept electronics check out the list on earth911.com, try to stick with a local option.

Happy Recycling!

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