Electronics Recycling (eCycling) in Maryland
MDE's eCycling TV Commercial
| Benefits of eCycling
- Reduce the amount of toxics entering the waste stream (lead, mercury and arsenic)
- Save landfill space
- Conserve natural resources.
- Reduce the rate of electronic waste generated each year (Maryland - 150,000 tons per year)
Details on eCycling activities including the amount of electronics collected for recycling can be found in the annual Maryland Solid Waste Management and Diversion Report available in the Publications section of MDE's web page.
Electronic Collection and Recycling Grant Program for Counties and Municipalities
Counties that have addressed methods for the separate collection and recycling of computers and video display devices in their solid waste management plans and municipalities for local computer and video display device recycling programs are eligible for the grants under the Statewide Electronics Recycling Program. Grant awards will be a maximum of $15,000 for counties and $5,000 for municipalities.
Complete details and forms are available in the County Coordinator Resources Section of the Department's Waste Diversion web page.
Grant applications are no longer being accepted. The final submittal date was April 29, 2016.
Maryland's eCycling Legislation
Maryland's Statewide Electronics Recycling Program, Sections 9-1727 to 9-1730 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland (definitions in Section 9-1701) require certain electronic manufacturers to register annually with the Maryland Department of the Environment and pay an annual registration fee if they sell or offer for sale electronic devices covered by Maryland's eCycling legislation (CEDs) in Maryland.
A reduced annual registration fee is available, after the initial registration, if a manufacturer has a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)-approved take back program for all of their products covered under Maryland law. An approved take back program must be free, including providing, at no cost to the returner, a method of returning a CED to the manufacturer and include educational and instructional materials relating to the destruction and sanitization of data from a CED.
A Manufacturer may not sell or offer for sale to any person in the State a new CED unless the CED is labeled with the name of the manufacturer and the manufacturer has registered with and, if applicable, submitted a registration fee to MDE. Registrations are due by March 1st of each year. MDE recommends that a registration be submitted 30 calendar days prior to the deadline to allow for processing by MDE.
A retailer may not sell or offer for sale to any person in the State a new CED manufactured by a manufacturer, unless the manufacturer has registered with MDE.
Manufacturers and retailers who fail to comply with the Maryland's eCycling law are subject to a civil penalty, not exceeding $10,000, and an administrative penalty up to $10,000 for each violation (each day a violation occurs is a separate violation), but not exceeding $100,000. In addition, MDE may assess against any retailer that violates the law a fine up to $1,000 for each violation, but not exceeding $10,000 total.
How to Recycle Electronic Devices in Maryland
Electronic Manufacturers that will recycle my old electronic device for free
Maryland's eCycling legislation requires CED manufacturers to register with MDE annually, and in certain circumstances pay an annual registration fee, in order to sell their products in the State. Part of Maryland's eCycling legislation enables manufacturers to qualify for a reduced annual renewal registration fee by offering Maryland customers free takeback of their end-of-life CEDs. MDE encourages Maryland CED customers to take advantage of these manufacturer takeback programs when disposing of their end-of-life CEDs.
Registered manufacturers whose listing includes a toll-free telephone number or web link have a MDE-approved takeback program and offer free takeback of their CEDs. Details of the takeback program are available by calling the toll-free telephone number or going to the manufacturers web page. If you feel that the manufacturer is not fulfilling the responsibility relating to the takeback of their old CEDs, please contact MDE to report and detail the problem.
In addition to manufacturer takeback programs, the following also exist to recycle your old CEDs. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement by MDE. Please be sure to contact the company for information or clarification about the services offered, hours of operation, specific requirements, and current charges.
Finally, some Maryland counties also offer recycling of end-of-life electronics for their residents. Some of the money received from manufacturer registrations is used as grants to Maryland counties and municipalities to support their eCycling programs. Please contact your County for details on their programs.
Community eCycling Residential Collection Events
eCycling Collection Events occur throughout the year in many different Counties. Listed below are special eCycling events that have been reported to MDE by Maryland jurisdictions. Upcoming special events include:
Currently no events have been reported to MDE. Make sure to check other resources on this page.
Permanent Collection Sites for Residents
Unless otherwise noted, all permanent sites are only open to residents of the County or City listed.
Annapolis, City of
Public Works Operation Center, 935 Spa Rd.
Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anne Arundel County
Quarantine Road Sanitary Landfill, Northwest Transfer Station, Western Sanitation Yard, Eastern Sanitation Yard, Bowleys Lane, Northwest Sanitation Yard
Monday thru Saturday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Televisions, computer monitors, desktops, laptops, printers, scanners, dvd and vcr recorders, fax machines, PDAs, tape recorders, keyboards, mouses, external disk drives, computer speakers, modems, remotes and cables.
Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility
Monday thru Saturday 7 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Accepted items include TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computer monitors, CPUs, mice, keyboards, cell phones, power supplies, laptops, scanners, computer cables and cords, stereos, answering machines, and other home electronics. NO appliances!
See website for locations and times.
Call 410-326-0210 for information.
Computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, computer speakers, CPUs, PDA's power supplies, laptop computers, scanners, computer cables & cords, circuit boards, chips and cards, fax machines.
Monday thru Friday 7 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Computer Speakers, Central Processing Units, Computer Mice Keyboards, Cell Phones, PDA's, Printers, Power Supplies, Laptop Computers, Scanners, Computer Cables and Cords, and Miscellaneous Circuit Boards, Chips and Cards.
Charles County Municipal Landfill (Billingsley Road, Waldorf)
Mon - Sat 7 A.M to 7 P.M.
Computers, monitors, peripherals, TVs, telephones, cell phones & PDAs, printers, copiers, stereos, VCR & DVD players, camcorders, CD players, fax machines, projection equipment, calculators, scanners, electronic typewriters, consumer electronics, electronic toys, and microwaves.
Citizen's Convenience Center at the Frederick County Municipal Landfill
2 sites: Webers & Bumble Bee sites
Monday-Friday 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Saturday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Sunday 12 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Contact: Kimberly Madigan 301-387-0322
Accepted items include: answering machines, computers, copiers, cell phones, CD players, camcorders, cables/cords, calculators, CD burners, DVD players, digital cameras, docking stations, electric typewriters, electric wire, fax machines, game systems, hard drives, keyboard/mouse/peripherals, laptops, monitors, medical electronics, microwaves, network hardware, printers (and ink cartridges), projectors, PDAs, pagers, power supplies, projection equipment, plotters, phone systems, remote controls, servers, speakers, scanners, stereos, software, security equipment, tape players, TVs, telephones, two-way radios, tape drives, UPS systems, VCRs, zip drives.
Greenbelt, City of
4 Collection events per year
Harford Waste Disposal Center (Scarboro Landfill)
Computers and peripherals, TV's (LCD and Plasma Only)
Alpha Ridge Landfill
Computers and peripherals, monitors, and TVs.
Midshore Counties (Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot)
See website for locations and times.
Call 1-800-473-2925 for information.
Shady Grove Transfer Station
Computers and peripherals, CD players, cell phones, calculators, camcorders, consumer electronics, copiers, cords & cables, digital cameras, DVD players, electronic toys, electric typewriters, fax machines, microwave ovens, monitors, PDAs, printers, projection equipment, scanners, small electric appliances, stereos & speakers, telephones, TVs, VCR players. Please recycle all large appliances with electronic components at our scrap metal recycling site which is located near the office trailer. Commercial quantities are not accepted. Large institutions wishing to recycle TVs can make other arrangements with the County.
Prince George’s County
Brown Station Road Landfill
Computers & peripherals, monitors, fax machines, cell phones, radios, stereos, TVs (non-console), scanners, copiers, pagers, VCRs
St. Mary's County
Salisbury, City of
Curbside collection event in January of each year
See website for locations and times.
Forty West Landfill
Small fee applies, call for details.
Newland Park Landfill
(Monday - Friday)
Central Site Landfill
Computers & peripherals, monitors, TVs, scanners, radios, steros, and cell phones
Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement by MDE. Please be sure to contact the company for clarification about the information provided and the services offered.
For more information on eCycling in Maryland, email David Mrgich at Dave.Mrgich@maryland.gov.