Sustainability

Recycling Programs – United States

Lenovo's U.S. Recycling Programs

In the US, Lenovo offers a variety of recycling programs to meet our customers’ and legal requirements. Nationally, Lenovo offers free recycling for Lenovo-, Medion-, and select IBM-branded PCs[1]; Iomega and LenovoEMC network-attached storage devices, and Medion TVs for Lenovo's home and home-office customers.[2] In addition, in some states Lenovo recycles additional types and brands of electronic devices. Please see each state section listed below for more details on recycling programs Lenovo offers in your area.

Battery Recycling and Disposal

Lenovo participates in the Call2Recycle program. Rechargeable batteries from Lenovo products such as lithium ion batteries in laptops and lead acid batteries in uninterruptable power supplies can be recycled free of charge at any of the Call2Recycle's more than 30,000 drop-off locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the Call2Recycle program and to locate a battery recycling location near you, visit http://www.call2recycle.org/

Please note, recalled batteries cannot be recycled by Call2Recycle. For information on recalled batteries, please see Lenovo's battery recall information page.

Product Recycling Programs

National Mailback Recycling Program for U.S. Consumers

Lenovo has partnered with Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLG Americas or RLGA), a leader in environmentally sound product take-back and regulatory compliance, to offer free recycling of Lenovo, Medion, and select IBM PCs[1], Iomega and LenovoEMC network-attached storage devices, and Medion TVs for Lenovo’s home and home-office customers[2].

This service is available for Lenovo, Medion, Iomega, and LenovoEMC's home and home-office customers in the United States who want to dispose of their Lenovo- and Medion-branded end-of-life computer systems and accessories, Medion-branded televisions, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices in an environmentally responsible manner while reducing the use of diminishing landfill space. For large enterprise customers, Lenovo’s Asset Recovery Service provides solutions for larger quantities of equipment from all manufacturers, including Lenovo. Please note: to recycle a battery only, please see section above on “Battery Recycling and Disposal” for information on how to access the “Call2Recycle” program for recycling rechargeable notebook batteries.

Lenovo's consumer offering provides a FREE recycling solution (shipping included) for all Lenovo-, Medion-, Iomega-, and LenovoEMC-branded products and select IBM-branded products[1], including system units, monitors, keyboards, mice, network-attached storage devices, and Medion-branded televisions. The program offers convenient options for recycling Lenovo products, including free shipping. Customers simply prepare the product for shipment and follow the steps on the RLGA webpage[3] which includes detailed instructions regarding how to request a free prepaid label.

Lenovo and its recycling partners are not responsible for information left on equipment returned to Lenovo or its partners for recycling. Lenovo recommends consumers use a commercially available data-erasing software application and follow the instructions associated with the software to ensure data is removed from the machine prior to returning for recycling.

[1] To determine if an IBM-branded product is eligible for recycling through the Lenovo program, please contact environment@lenovo.com prior to accessing the recycling service.

[2] In certain states, other entities are eligible to utilize this service. Please follow instructions on the RLGA webpage to determine eligibility.

[3] By clicking on this link you are exiting the Lenovo website and entering a website managed by RLGA, Lenovo's U.S. consumer recycling programs partner who manages this service for Lenovo.

California Programs

Monitor and Notebook Computer Recycling

The California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 requires that beginning January 1, 2005, Lenovo and other retailers begin assessing an Electronic Waste Recycling Fee on certain "covered electronic devices" sold in California. "Covered electronic devices" include most video display products such as computer monitors and notebook computers. The fee, ranging from $5 to $7 depending on screen size, is collected at the time of retail sale, including Internet and catalog sales, from all California consumers of covered electronic devices. Collected fees are deposited in an Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account managed by the State of California that is used to provide payments to authorized collectors and recyclers, foster the development of recycling opportunities and offset the cost of properly managing these types of devices at the end of their useful lives. It is unlawful to dispose of most covered electronic devices with regular municipal waste in the state of California.

The Electronic Waste Recycling Fee is not a deposit. Consumers are not entitled to reimbursement of the fee when covered electronic devices are recycled. Rather, the intent of the fee is to reduce, or eliminate, the costs associated with properly recycling this material when it becomes waste.

For more information on how to return video display products for recycling in the state of California, please go to eRecycle.org Web site.

Phone Recycling

The Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004, a law regarding cellular phone recycling, took effect on July 1, 2006. The law makes it easier for consumers to recycle used cellular phones. If you purchased your Lenovo or Moto by Lenovo phone through Lenovo’s online store, you may recycle your device free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

You may also recycle your phone at many locations near you. For more information on this program, please go to eRecycle.org website.

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Connecticut Program

For Connecticut customers, Lenovo offers free recycling and/or environmentally conscious disposal for all Lenovo projector replacement lamps manufactured for Lenovo after May 1, 2005. For details on how to take advantage of this offering, owners of qualified lamps should send inquiries to environment@lenovo.com.

District of Columbia Program

District of Columbia household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo- and Medion-branded desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors, keyboard and mice, Medion-branded TVs, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo's mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

Illinois Program

Illinois consumers can use the Lenovo's US consumer recycling program to recycle their used Lenovo, Medion, Iomega, and LenovoEMC equipment free of charge. For additional information on recycling options for Illinois residents, please see the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's electronic waste recycling pages and this information provided by the Illinois EPA.

Louisiana Program

For Louisiana customers, Lenovo offers free recycling and/or environmentally conscious disposal for all Lenovo projector replacement lamps manufactured for Lenovo after May 1, 2005. For details on how to take advantage of this offering, owners of qualified lamps should send inquiries to environment@lenovo.com.

Maine Program

Maine prohibits private households from disposing computer monitors and televisions as regular trash or waste. Instead, all waste computer monitors and televisions must be recycled. Maine has a system of "shared responsibility" for the recycling of this equipment. Private households should contact their local municipal office or solid waste/recycling facility to find out how to access this system. Additional information about Maine's program and recycling options are available here.

Businesses are also prohibited from disposing of old computers as regular trash or waste unless the computer can be proven to be non-hazardous through laboratory testing. Lenovo's Asset Recovery Services offering is available for large enterprise customers.

Michigan Program

Michigan consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo and Medion-branded desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and computer monitors, Medion-branded televisions, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/. In addition, Medion customers can return any brand of television through this program. Michigan consumers may also recycle Lenovo-branded server-rack mounted monitors through this Lenovo program.

Minnesota Program

Household consumers wishing to recycle electronic equipment can visit www.pca.state.mn.us/ewaste or call 651-296-6300 (inside Twin Cities metro area) or 800-657-3864 (outside the metro area) to find a location in Minnesota that accepts electronic products. Note that recycling locations may accept different types of products. Recycling options may not be available yet in your area. Some locations may charge you a fee.

Missouri Program

Missouri household consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo, Medion-, and IBM-branded desktop computers, laptops, and computer monitors along with the accompanying keyboard and mouse, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

New Jersey Program

In New Jersey, Lenovo is a member of the RLGA Group Plan registered with the State Department of Environmental Protection and in compliance with the Electronic Waste Management Act. This program provides convenient methods for consumers of any brand of Covered Electronic Devices (desktop or personal computer, computer monitor, portable computer, desktop printer, desktop fax macine, or television sold to a consumer) to return their products at end of life for environmentally sound recycling. To learn more about this program and for a full list of locations, please click here: NJ.RLGAmericas.com.

New Jersey residents and small businesses can recycle covered used electronic equipment free of charge at a number of recycling centers throughout the state. For details on New Jersey’s eCycling program, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html.

In addition to Lenovo’s U.S. consumer mailback recycling offering, Lenovo’s recycling partner RLGA provides free recycling at several locations in New Jersey. See NJ.RLGAmericas.com for a full list of locations.

New York Program

In New York State, Lenovo is a member of the RLGA Collective Electronic Waste Acceptance Program registered with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and in compliance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act. This program provides convenient methods for consumers of Covered Electronic Equipment (CEE) to return their products at end of life for environmentally sound recycling. To learn more about this program please click here: NY1.RLGAmericas.com. To see a complete list of the more than 100 collection sites for this program, please click here.

North Carolina Program

Lenovo's free consumer product take-back program is available to all U.S. consumers (www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/).

In addition, Lenovo’s North Carolina locations periodically hold electronic waste collection events which are open to members of the community. For details on upcoming events, please e-mail environment@lenovo.com.

Oklahoma Program

Oklahoma household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo- and Medion-branded computer monitors, desktop and notebook computers, Medion-branded televisions, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo's mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/

Oregon Program

Starting January 1, 2009, Oregon E-Cycles, a program created by Oregon's Electronics Recycling Law, will provide free recycling of computers, monitors, and televisions to home consumers with seven or fewer items to recycle at a time. In support of this program, Lenovo participates in the group plan “Manufacturers’ Group Plan – powered by RLGA” (MGP) [OR.RLGAmericas.com], which is approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Click here to view a list of collection sites operated by MGP where consumers can recycle their equipment.

For more information about Oregon e-Cycles, see http://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/ecyclesConsumers.pdf and http://www.oregonecycles.org for more information.

Pennsylvania Program

In Pennsylvania, Lenovo is a member of the RLGA Group Plan registered with the State Department of Environmental Protection and in compliance with the Covered Device Recycling Act. This program provides convenient methods for consumers of Covered Devices to return their products at end of life for environmentally sound recycling. To learn more about this program please click here: PA.RLGAmericas.com. To see a complete list of collection sites for this program, please click here.

Puerto Rico Program

Puerto Rico household consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo, Medion, Iomega, and LenovoEMC products free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program. For details and a free shipping label, please contact Lenovotakeback.rlgamericas.com.

Rhode Island Program

In Rhode Island, Lenovo participates in the state recycling program operated by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. For details on this program, please visit http://www.rirrc.org/recycling-composting-disposal/electronic-waste.

South Carolina Program

South Carolina household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo- and Medion-branded desktop computers, laptops, and computer monitors, Medion-branded TVs, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

South Carolina Program

South Carolina household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo- and Medion-branded desktop computers, laptops, and computer monitors, Medion-branded TVs, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

Texas Program

Texas household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo-, IBM- and Medion-branded computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops along with the accompanying keyboard, Medion-branded televisions, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo’s mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

Utah Program

Utah household and home-based business consumers can recycle their end-of-life Lenovo- and Medion-branded desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors, keyboard and mice, Medion-branded TVs, and Iomega- and LenovoEMC-branded network-attached storage devices free of charge through Lenovo's mail-back program at www.lenovo.com/us/en/social_responsibility/usconsumerrecycling/.

Virginia Program

Lenovo's free consumer product take-back program is available to all US consumers. For Lenovo's "2018 Annual Reporting for Computer Recovery and Recycling, Virginia" report required under Virginia's Computer and Recovery Act (2008), click here.

Washington Program

Lenovo is an active participant in the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority recycling program in Washington State and supports the E-Cycle Washington program. For full details on the program as well as a list of the over 250 collection sites supported by the program, please visit ecology.wa.gov/Waste-Toxics/Reducing-recycling-waste/Electronics.

Lenovo Asset Recovery Services

Lenovo offers Asset Recovery Services (ARS) to business customers to help manage their end-of-life technology equipment by providing PC take-back, data destruction, refurbishment and recycling. Lenovo also offers additional services including inventory, value assessment, on-site de-installation and data encryption. This service gives customers an end-to-end solution from Lenovo from the point of computer purchase to take-back and disposal. Lenovo's expertise in managing the end-of-life computers can help customers eliminate the time and expense of managing the disposal of surplus or replaced equipment themselves. Additionally upon request, Lenovo can facilitate donation of the old computers or can help customers receive cash back for them.

Businesses interested in using these services should contact their local Lenovo Sales Representative. For more information on Lenovo Asset Recovery Services (ARS), please click here.

Packaging Recycling

Lenovo has designed our packaging to minimize packaging volume while maintaining the protective performance required to safely ship our products. In designing our packaging, we strive to maximize the use of recycled and recyclable materials. Our packaging is designed to be recycled locally by the end user in most municipal and commercial waste and recycling streams. Recycling packaging locally helps to minimize the environmental impact from transportation of empty packaging for recycling. For information about local recycling options in the U.S., please click here. Institutional users of Lenovo notebook computers can contact environment@lenovo.com for more information about packaging recycling options.

WEEE Marking Notice

The WEEE marking on Lenovo, Medion, Iomega, and LenovoEMC products applies to all countries with WEEE and e-waste regulations (e.g., European Directive 2012/19/EU, India E-Waste Management & Handling Rules, 2011). Appliances are labeled in accordance with local regulations concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). These regulations determine the framework for the return and recycling of used appliances as applicable within each geography. This label is applied to various products to indicate that the product is not to be thrown away, but rather put in established collection systems for reclaiming these end-of-life products.