How to Recycle Remote Controls

Written by emily manthei
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How to Recycle Remote Controls
Get rid of that old remote in an eco-friendly way. (remote control image by Marek Kosmal from

A remote control is one of those pesky small electronic accessories that seems difficult to recycle. While not as well-known a polluter as a television or cell phone, a remote control still contains plastics and toxic parts that should not end up in a landfill. Luckily, there are some electronics companies and recyclers dedicated to making sure that doesn't happen. Be sure you find one of them and recycle that remote.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Go to recycling websites like in the U.S. or in the U.K. to look for electronics recyclers in your area.

  2. 2

    Donate your remote control to a second-hand store, such as the Goodwill, if it still works.

  3. 3

    Drop off the remote at a major electronics store, like Best Buy or Office Depot, to recycle via one of its electronics recycling programs.

  4. 4

    Take the remote control at an All Green Electronics Recycling location, or schedule a pickup with the company.

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