Staples Free Computer and Technology Recycling

Recycle computers, tablets, routers, hard drives, and more for free

Staples will recycle lots of devices, regardless of the brand, condition, or store where you originally purchased them.

Not only will Staples recycle your old desktop, laptop, tablet computers, and peripherals, they'll also do the same for your eReader, shredder, monitor, GPS device, battery backup, digital camera, MP3 player, ink and toner, external hard drive, cordless phone, wireless router, and more.

They keep a complete list of acceptable and prohibited items on their Recycling Services page.

What Are the Benefits of Recycling With Staples?

Recycling with Staples comes with more benefits than just getting rid of your old electronics that are taking up space in your garage or closet.

With the Staples trade-in program, you're able to get money back just for getting rid of your unused devices!

Visit the link below to learn more about how the trade-in program works and which devices are supported. You can bring your devices to a store or ship it through the mail. Either method will reward you with a Staples eCash Card.

When recycling empty ink and toner cartridges, you'll get $2 back in Staples Rewards for each and every one.

How Do You Trade-In Devices With Staples?

You need to visit a Staples store to get a quote for how much money you'll get in return. This is also where you'll complete the trade-in.

You used to be able to trade in your items online via the online trade-in page. However, that method, according to Staples, isn't available at this time, and there aren't any details about whether online trade-ins will resume in the future.

Since it's unclear when or if Staples will take up online trade-ins again, here's how that works, should it resume: Search for your device or browse through the categories until you find it, and then answer a few questions about the condition and functionality of the device. You may also have to submit a serial number or other identification numbers before you can continue through to sending the device in.

Staples Trade-In question page for an iPhone

For example, if you're trading in an old iPhone 7, navigate to IPHONE > iPhone 7 to find the phone that matches yours—the one that lists the same carrier and hard drive capacity as yours. Then, answer a few questions about the device, like whether it powers on, if the screen is cracked or broken, and if you've disabled Find My iPhone and any other account information.

Some devices might have different questions. For example, if you're trading in a laptop, you're asked if you also have the power cord.

Finally, you can get a quote for how much you might get back for your device, with the SHOW OFFER button. You can then print off the quote and take the device into Staples, or continue online by selecting GET PAID and following any other instructions.

There are lots of other sites where you can also sell your old electronics for cash, some of which might offer more money than Staples.

How Do You Recycle With Staples?

If you're not interested in trading in your electronics, or it can't be done through the mail, just bring them to your local Staples store to have them recycled for free.

All U.S. Staples stores support recycling electronics, except for Staples Copy & Print Shops, and you can recycle as many as six items per day.

Although Staples will erase all the data on the hard drives that you recycle, we still recommend that you do it yourself first to ensure that none of your private information is still lingering before getting rid of it. Learn how to wipe a hard drive if you need help.

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