How to Recycle a Computer in the Greater Media Area

Get rid of your unwanted computer in a way that's safe for Media.

Patch users across the Philadelphia area have shown increasing interest in how to recycle or safely dispose of any number of household items. So we've put together a series of resources for you and your neighbors, including locations in Media Patch and nearby. If we miss any item you want to know how to properly dispose of or recycle, please let us know in the comments.

For those looking to safely get rid of an old computer or monitor in the greater Media area, there are a number of recycling options.

Bring it In

The following stores offer varying programs and offers to computer and monitor owners looking to recycle:

Check the Manufacturer

Many computer and electronic manufactures offer take-back and recycling programs to allow consumers to return their products safely.

HP, Compaq and Dell all offer free recycling for their computers and monitors. 

Some manufacturers, like Sony and , not only take back old products but may offer a gift card in return, if the item in question has value.

Let the County Handle It

  • Montgomery County operates a recycling center in Lower Merion that accepts computers and monitors. The center, which is located at the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex in Penn Valley, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact the center by calling 610-667-1952 or emailing recycle@lowermerion.org.

Take Care of it Locally

Pick up an iPad, iPhone, or computer at the lately that you're already eager to upgrade? Well before you recycle it, consider that it just might be worth something. Apple runs a reuse program where they'll pay customers, in the form of an Apple gift certificate, for any products the company still feels has value. Contact Apple here to find out if your equipment is eligible for the program.



James C April 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Donating is an option too! Some organizations can really use them. Life Beyond Abuse in Media (www.lifebeyondabuse.org), for example, distributes computers (and other household goods like kitchen items) to individuals and families with children in need. If it can be repaired or cleaned up for a family who needs it, consider donating!
Mike April 19, 2012 at 05:38 PM
WIll they accept a UPS unit with batteries inside?
Amanda Mahnke April 20, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thanks for the info, James—that is definitely important to keep in mind!


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