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Our electronics drop-off is open daily. It is located in the Recycling Area of the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. This drop-off is open to Montgomery County residents and businesses.

What items are accepted as electronics?

Accepted items include

  • Computers and related items
    • Computer monitors (CRTs and flat screen)
    • Desktop computers
    • Laptop computers
    • Docking stations
    • Mainframes
    • Servers
    • Terminals
    • Keyboards / Mice
    • Hard drives
    • Peripherals
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Fax machines
  • Copy machines
  • Digital cameras and memory cards
  • Stereos
  • Radios
  • Tape players
  • CD players
  • Telephones
  • Cell phones
  • Gaming consoles
  • Holiday lights / light strings - see more about holiday lights
  • Network hubs
  • Cables - examples include audio cables, computer cables, networking cables, power cables/cords
  • Switching boxes
  • Controllers
  • Modems
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Small household appliances (dispose accessories and other non-electronic parts as regular trash)
  • Larger rechargeable battery units (take small rechargeable batteries to our Household Hazardous Waste drop-off, also located in the Transfer Station's Recycling area - see more about batteries)
    • uninterruptible power supplies (personal & network)
    • tool batteries

All collected items are recycled.

What items are not accepted as electronics?

Our electronics recycling program does not accept these items. We accept them as regular trash:

  • Audiotapes
  • Videotapes
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Floppy disks

How many items may I bring?

You may bring up to 15 items per day.

This limit refers to the larger items from our accepted list such as computers, televisions and monitors. Mice, keyboards and other small ancillary items are not included in the limit.

If you have more than 15 items, we recommend that you bring your material in several trips or contact a local electronics recycling facility and deliver the items directly to them.

May I deliver electronic items with a truck?

Yes, you may use a truck you own, borrow, or rent to deliver electronic items to us. Please honor our quantity limits.

What happens to my computer and data after recycling drop-off?

The electronics you bring to us may go to

  • our U.S.-based electronics recycling contractor, or
  • local and international groups that are organized as non-profit organizations under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The County’s recycling contractor and non-profit partners may destroy via disassembly or refurbish computers for reuse. The contractor also may recover metals and plastic components from the computers and sell them.

The County requires its contractor and non-profit partners to erase data from equipment that will be reused and to destroy remaining memory devices.

While we take reasonable measures to work with reputable companies and organizations, we recommend that you protect against unauthorized use of personal information. Use a data-wiping tool to erase personal data before dropping electronics off for recycling.

Examples of “personal information” include

  • Internet browser’s cache, cookies, history
  • your email contacts and messages
  • your documents
  • your recycle bin or trash folder
  • your passwords to cloud services
  • all nontransferable software

You can find data-wiping tools online at no cost.

Where may I donate working computers and other electronic items?

Check the Montgomery County Volunteer Center's list of local donation opportunities, which includes computers.

Local computer reuse organizations also accept donations of computers and related items.

I can't bring my electronics to the Transfer Station or Community Drop-off Events. What other eCycling options do I have?

A variety of organizations offer trade-in, take back or drop-off programs. Some of them provide this service at no cost for to you, some charge you a fee, and others may offer credit towards the purchase of new equipment.

Community-based options

Locations accepted

  • Transfer Station

Material type

  • Other