Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Recycling

Residential E-Waste Recycling

RIRRC offers free e-waste recycling to Rhode Island residents and public and private schools from grades K-12. Our program (the "State" program) keeps one collection container in each of RI's five counties.

In addition, most citites and towns have their own e-waste collection programs. You can find the contact information for your local Dept. of Public Works at www.rirrc.org/local.

State Program* 
  Other Program** 
      Special Events
Barrington   Block Island Glocester Providence   Lincoln
Johnston (RIRRC)   Burrillville Jamestown Scituate   Middletown
Little Compton   Central Falls Johnston (DPW) Smithfield    
Narragansett   Coventry Newport South Kingstown    
West Greenwich   Cranston North Kingstown Tiverton    
    Cumberland North Providence Warren    
    East Providence North Smithfield Warwick    
    Exeter Pawtucket West Warwick    
    Foster Portsmouth Westerly    

*What is accepted in the State e-waste program?

  • Televisions
  • Computers (including, monitors, modems, and laptops)
  • Computer peripherals (mouse pointers, keyboards, printers)

Anything other than what is listed above is NOT accepted in the State e-waste program. This includes items like cell phones, printer cartridges, small household appliances, and servers, stereo equipment.

**What is accepted in other programs?

If your city or town is listed as participating in a program other than the State's, contact them to find out what they accept.  You can find their number at www.rirrc.org/local.

Business E-Waste Recycling

Business can recycle a small amount (fewer than 15 complete systems) of TVs and computers at RIRRC for a fee of $0.20/lb., directly to our facility in Johnston during normal hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. This usually comes out to about $5 per computer and $5 per television. Please only bring the units, and do not pack equipment in cardboard boxes and Styrofoam. Please unplug all cables and the mouse if still attached.  Businesses with larger amounts can view the list of electronics recyclers on the left-hand said of this page under "Related Files" for helpful recycling information.

For more information about electronic waste recycling, email Joe Rotella.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of RI, 100 Houghton Street, Providence, RI, is accepting all types of E-Waste for their e-waste recycling training program. They will accept "anything with a plug" EXCEPT televisions, desk top printers, and computer monitors. There is a 24-hour drop-off bin located in front of the building. Call 401.861.2080, ext. 144 for more information or if you operate a business.

The mission of Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is to providence training, education, and other services which result in employment and expanded economic opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in order to enhance their capacity for independent living, increased quality of life, and work.

Retailers & Manufacturer Programs

As more retailers and manufacturer programs develop, we'll add to and expand this section. Some retailers and manufacturer programs carry associated recycling fees.

Best Buy
Hewlett-Packard (hp)