Free Local Computer Recycling


Disposing of “e-waste” (computers and other electronic equipment) can be a big pain. The Region of Waterloo offers some alternatives. The first suggestion costs money, there are a handful of brand specific options, and the last option is to “arrange with other e-waste recyclers/refurbishers”.

One such e-waste recycler is The Computer Recycling Depot, a certified member of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, is located just across the street from the Waterloo landfill site on the property of the History Hergott Ciderr Mill. They allow you to drop off an unlimited amount of phase 1 e-waste for free such as:

  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Printing devices

Learn more about The Computer Recycling Depot at their website including hours of operation and information about their pick up program!

Waterloo Region Electronic Waste Recycling Program

  • Take e-waste to the Waterloo or Cambridge Waste Transfer Stations. Fees will be charged on a per item basis: $10 an item for each of the first four e-waste items, and $25 for each additional e-waste item. These charges only apply to larger, heavier e-waste items; small e-waste items such as keyboards, mouse, cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants, etc. can be dropped off at no charge. The fees that are charged help to cover costs associated with transportation and recycling of e-waste.

  • Old notebook computers, LCD monitors, or pocket PCs of any manufacturer can be recycled free of charge through Toshiba Canada. For these items ONLY, a UPS courier will pick up the shipment for free, and deliver you a free USB flash drive within 8 - 10 weeks as a thank you. For more information, please see the Toshiba Canada website.

  • If you have recently purchased a new Dell computer or printer, you may be eligible for free recycling of your old equipment through Dell Canada. You must have purchased a new Dell computer or Dell printer from Dell Canada within the last 30 days to be eligible. Your old computer or printer can be from any manufacturer. For terms and conditions, and the recycling request form, please visit the Dell Canada website.

  • Sony of Canada Ltd. has expanded its recycling efforts to collect all end-of-life Sony products. To find out more about Sony’s “Return Recycle Renew” program, visit Sony of Canada’s website.

  • Arrange with other e-waste recyclers/refurbishers: The Workplace Waste Reduction & Recycling Directory has been provided by the Region of Waterloo to help residents, industries, commercial businesses and institutions divert waste and recyclables from landfill. See Computer/Electronic Equipment (E-Waste) for local companies that can handle small quantities of e-waste (e.g., single computer systems and residential generated quantities). Other companies located outside the Region can recycle large quantities that have been generated by businesses. Note that some companies may accept e-waste for no charge! Please contact these companies directly for more information about their services.