What happens to old electronic equipment after you don't want it anymore? Before you trash it, examine your responsibilities as a lawyer and these options for safely disposing of old equipment.

Five Rules:

Disposing (of) Information Yourself (DIY) Resources

How to Clean Out and Organize Your Computer from Techlicious

How to Safely Get Rid of an Old Computer from Techlicious

Disposing of Old Computers from FTC

Disposing of Your Mobile Device from FTC

Four Tips Before Recycling:

  • Ask questions before selecting a vendor:
    • How long have they been in business? Can they provide references?
    • How is pre and post recycled material managed? 
    • Is any material exported? If so, where?
    • How do they verify that data and all contents are destructed?
    • What documentation can they provide that all materials are properly destructed?
    • Are they certified by R2 e-Stewards or another standard? Can they provide documentation of that certification?
  • Confirm with your IT professional all data has been removed and backed up.
  • Unplug cables and plugs.
  • Remove lithium-ion batteries (if available).

Recycling Programs and Resources

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Locate a Recycling Center
Many counties in South Carolina have electronics or heavy metal recycling available. Check the county in which you live. 
 

Certified Electronic Recyclers

Earth 911

RecycleHere SC

Waste Management

Recycling Trade-In Programs for Computers, Smartphones, Tablets, Printers, Etc.

Computers

Amazon Trade-In Program

Apple Product Take-Back and Recycling

Best Buy's Trade-In and Save Program

Dell Recycling

HP Environment: Product Return and Recycling

PC Disposal   

Samsung

Sony

Staples

Toshiba

Vizio

Smartphones/Tablets

Amazon Trade-In Program

Apple Product Take-Back and Recycling

Best Buy's Trade-In and Save Program

Gazelle

LG         

Motorola

Samsung                                   

Staples

Printers/Imaging Devices

Brother

Dell Recycling

HP Environment: Product Return and Recycling

Xerox

Other Resources