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How Do I Get Rid of Electronic Waste

Data Destruction

Before recycling or donating electronics, it is important that you remove all personal and/or confidential information. Simply deleting files will not remove them from your device. Free data destruction software can be found online. If you are not able to do this yourself, many retailers offer this service for a small fee, and many manufacturers provide information on how to “wipe” their devices on their websites.

Before selecting a collector or recycler, ask them how they handle data security.

Registered Collection Sites

Many e-waste collection sites throughout the state are participating in Indiana E-Cycle. The program provides electronics recycling collection opportunities for households, public schools, and small businesses in the state.

Please contact a collection site prior to visiting to verify what items they accept.

Solid Waste Management Districts

Many of Indiana’s solid waste management districts offer electronics recycling programs for residents in their area and are knowledgeable about local electronics recycling options. Please contact your district for more information.


Please consider donating used electronics that still work. Donation options include:

Manufacturer Take-Back Programs

Many manufacturers of electronics offer take-back programs and will accept the products they produce for recycling. The following manufacturers registered with Indiana E-Cycle have such programs and many accept all brands:

Additional Resources:

Note: No electronics are accepted at IDEM.

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