Electronic Waste Recycling

Like computers, other forms of electronic waste contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame retardants.  These should not be thrown away with regular trash.  Here are some companies you can work with to dispose of your electronics properly.  Check our TTT Guide for more information and locations all around the area that reuse and/or recycle these items.

Cellular Phones

With ever-changing styles and short-lived battery lives, cell phone users are often looking for ways to responsibly dispose of their unwanted cell phones.  If no family member, friend, or neighbor would like to take your phone off your hands, there are a number of cell phone recycling options available to you. 

Washtenaw County Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Off Locations
Washtenaw County Solid Waste Dept has partnered with Vintage Tech, a local company, to place cell-phone recycling boxes at convenient locations throughout Washtanw County. Local drop-off locations for the program include:

  • Scio Township Hall
    827 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734.369.9400
  • Manchester Library
    912 City Rd., Manchester, MI 48158
    734.482.1226
  • Milan Library
    151 Wabash St., Milan, MI 48160
    734.439.1240
  • Washtenaw County Service Center
    705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734.222.4357
  • Washtenaw County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site - [Back of parking lot behind Service Center]
    Open April-November, First 3 Saturdays of the month, 9am - noon
    705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734.222.6874

Radioshack
All Radioshack locations accept old cell phones to be recycled.

  • 2453 Ellsworth Rd.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197
    734.572.0016
  • 880 Briarwood Cir., #142
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    734.747.9090
  • 381 North Maple Rd.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    734.327.3661

iPods - Reuse

Instead of buying a new iPod, why not just fix the one you have?  Here are some options:

Apple
Apple will replace batteries in out-of-warranty iPods for a moderate charge.  Their service comes with a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship.

iPodResQ
iPodResQ sells a do-it-yourself replacement battery kit for all versions of iPods.  They also offer a 24 hour mail-in service for battery replacement.  They also repair hard drives, logic boards, ports, scroll wheels, screens, or anything else wrong with your iPod.

PDA Smart
PDA Smart sells a do-it-yourself replacement battery kit for all versions of iPods.  They also offer a 24 hour mail-in service for battery replacement.

iPods - Recycle

Apple Store
Bring your iPod into any Apple retail store for free recycling.  If you want to buy a new one, you will receive a discount towards your purchase.

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