Computer and Television Disposal Options
Ames residents are not currently regulated for the disposal of e-waste; however, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires businesses to treat computer monitors (CRTs) and TVs as hazardous waste.
If you're a resident and want to get rid of your own home computers or TVs, take them to Goodwill, Mid-Iowa Computers or Best Buy, or you can still throw them away. You will need to call your garbage hauler to find out if there's an additional charge to pick these up for you at your residence with the rest of your trash. You can also bring them to the Resource Recovery Plant; we don't charge per item, we charge by vehicle: $8 per carload, $22 per pickup load. Only two units per residential customer will be accepted per day at the Resource Recovery Plant.
Goodwill Industries, 3718 Lincoln Way, Ames, accepts ONLY WORKING, FLAT SCREEN TVs that are cable-ready; no console or old tube-style TVs. They will accept computer monitors (and any other computer components such as tower, mouse, keyboard, printers, etc.) for refurbishing/resale and recycling, at no charge.
Mid-Iowa Computers, Nevada, will accept your computer components such as tower, mouse, keyboard, printers, etc. for no charge. There is a charge for CRT monitors. Call 515-210-8536. Click HERE for more info.
Best Buy, 1220 S. Duff Avenue charges $25 each to recycle your old TVs (up to 32"), laptops, or monitors under 32" measured diagonally, flat panel TVs under 37" measured diagonally, and any other old electronics. However, they do not take console TVs, nor small or large appliances. Click HERE for more info.