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Safe Electronics Disposal

Electronic products containing a circuit board or cathode ray tube (CRT) such as a TV or computer monitor cannot be placed in the garbage or recycling because they contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. These hazardous materials are harmful to human health and the environment. Find out how to dispose of electronics properly using the resources below.

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Citywide Garbage Program

Electronic items are accepted as a bulky item in the citywide garbage program! 

Since October 2018, Saint Paul's citywide garbage services allows residents in 1-4 unit homes to dispose of 2-3 bulky or electronic items free of charge each year. Please do not put these items in your garbage or recycling cart! If you have more large items, no worries. Your hauler will pick them up for a nominal fee. Here's a list of accepted large, bulky, and electronic items.

Bulky Item Collection Information

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Electronics Recycling

Take-back Programs

Some manufacturers and retailers will take back your old electronics for recycling. Some such as Hewlett Packard even offer cash back.

Recycling for selected electronics (fees may apply):

  • Best Buy | Roseville | 1643 County Rd. B2 | 651-746-0538  
  • Best Buy | Maplewood | 1795 County Rd. D | 763-704-1901    
  • PCs for People | 1481 Marshall Ave. St. Paul | 651-354-2552
  • Retrofit Companies | Little Canada | 2960 Yorkton Blvd. | 651-766-9900
  • Tech Dump I 860 Vandalia St, St Paul, MN 55114 I 651-556-4460


Other Recycling Options

For a fee, you can drop off your old electronics for recycling. Check with each company for their rates and services.

  • Resource Recovery Technologies | 195 Minnehaha Ave. Saint Paul | 651-228-1324
  • Twin City Refuse & Recycling Transfer Station | 318 Water St., Saint Paul | 651-227-1549


Cell Phone Specific Recycling

Como Zoo is a permanent collection location for unwanted cell phones. All cell phones collected are sent to Eco-Cell for recycling and Como Zoo will receive funds for each phone donated. The funds raised will go to conservation projects that help preserve one of the most critically endangered species on earth, the Orangutan. Drop off your unwanted cell phone in the collection boxes located in the Visitor Center and Primate Building.


Community Drop-off Events

Drop off electronics for a nominal fee at Citywide Drop-off Events. Drop-offs are scheduled June through September each year.​

Last Edited: March 15, 2021