Materials We Accept:

IT Equipment

  • Desktop & Laptop Computers
  • Apple / Mac Equipment
  • LCD Monitors
  • Servers & Racks
  • Mainframes
  • Mobile Devices (smartphones, cell phones, tablet computers)
  • Data Storage Devices
  • Printers
  • Networking Devices (routers, switches, wireless hubs)
  • Cable and Wiring 
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, docking stations)
A pallet of desktop computers is wrapped tightly after a recent MCPC community e-recycling event.

Office Equipment

  • Copiers and Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • Telephone Systems

Home Consumer Electronics

  • Cameras and Camcorders
  • GPS and Navigation
  • Portable Audio (iPods, MP3, Headphones)
  • TV & Video (DVD & Blu-ray players, portable DVD players, televisions, converter boxes)

Materials NOT Accepted:

  • CRT Monitors and Televisions (tube televisions)
  • Bulk Batteries
  • Fluorescent Bulbs / Light Bulbs
  • Medical Equipment
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Household Appliances (microwaves, refrigerators, toasters)
A group photo of MCPC, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Cleveland Zoological Society volunteers at community e-recycling event.

Electronics Recycling FAQ

Why should you recycle?

Recycling unused electronic devices enables us to recover valuable metals and materials. E-recycling saves natural resources, reduces pollution, conserves landfill space, and creates jobs, including right here in Cleveland!

What happens to your electronic device when MCPC recycles it?

E-recycling is largely a process of separating plastics from metals and internal circuitry. First, your electronics will be dismantled, and components separated by type: power cords, plastic and metal housings, circuit boards and chips, LCDs, etc. Then, these components will be processed by our secure, specialized recycling partners so they can be used to manufacture new electronics.

What happens to the data on the device?

If you recycle a device that holds data (such as a desktop or laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet), we will erase it with software that uses a standard 3-pass data overwrite, or secure SSD erasure process. This permanently destroys your data in compliance with standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Drives and storage devices that fail erasure are shredded at the MCPC Secure Technology Asset Disposition Center in Old Brooklyn.