Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Electronic Waste

Repair, Don’t Replace!
Instead of buying new, support local businesses by having them repair and refurbish broken items. Search for repair options in your area. 

Consider Donation
If the camera is still usable, please donate. Visit Athens’ Material Reuse page for ideas.

City Specific Disposal Options
Please check with your city page (residential or commercial) to confirm if electronic waste (e-waste) disposal options are available, such as home collection, drop-off locations, and/or events. (These options vary per city.)

Household E-Waste Drop-Off
Your city or county may offer E-Waste and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off sites and collection events.
– Los Angeles County: S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and events
– Riverside County

San Bernardino County
– Ventura County 

Disposal Options For Businesses
E-waste cannot be placed in your containers. Schedule a Special Waste Collection by emailing [email protected] or calling Athens’ Customer Service Department at 888-336-6100. Fees may apply.

Some e-waste drop-off centers may allow drop off by small business generators (check links above).


Remove Batteries First

Remove the batteries from the camera before disposing of the camera as e-waste. Find out how to dispose of batteries.


Digital and Non-Digital Cameras Are E-Waste

Digital and non-digital cameras are e-waste and cannot be thrown in the trash. Bring to an e-waste recycler.


Recycle Disposable Cameras

Drop off these cameras at any center that develops the film off of these cameras; they will recycle them for you. They can also go in the trash unlike analogue and digital cameras.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Commodity Resource & Environmental, INC.

Consider mailing in any unwanted single use cameras to Commodity Resource & Environmental, who have recycled over 1.5 million cameras since 1999. They will pay for shipping. Find out more.


Canon Consumer Products Recycling Program

Canon offers a recycling program for certain consumer products; check if they accept your product by typing its name in the finder.

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HP Hardware Recycling

HP will accept cameras and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling. Request a mail-back label here.


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back old cameras and other home electronics for free; they also offer a buy back program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a location here.


Staples' Take Back Program

Staples offers free, in-store recycling for your unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, cameras, monitors, printers, and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.