Electronic Waste and Batteries

Electronics_computerTwo million tons of electronics are improperly dumped at landfills every year.  Each computer monitor alone contains 4 pounds of lead, as well as arsenic, lithium, mercury, beryllium, and other chemicals. For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.

By recycling or safely disposing of your old computer equipment, you benefit the environment and conserve our natural resources. Recycling e-waste reduces landfill expansion and protects water, land and air quality in the Flathead Valley.

E-Waste and Batteries can be recycled at the following locations:

Ink & Laser Cartridges

  • Tonerport, Kalispell, 257-4453
  • Cartridge World, Kalispell, 752-9110
  • Staples Office Supply, Kalispell, 257-8200
  • Best Buy, Kalispell, 752-1300

Computers & Electronics

  • Pacific Steel & Recycling, Kalispell, 755-7011
  • Staples Office Supply, Kalispell, 257-8200
  • Best Buy, Kalispell, 752-1300

Cell Phone Repair

  • Cell Phone Repair, Kalispell, 257-2348
  • Radioactive, Kalispell, 257-5999
  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, 890-2150

Rechargeable Batteries

Including: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) / Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-Mh) / Lithium Ion (Li)

  • Northwest Tool Repair, Whitefish, 862-6275
  • Batteries Plus Bulbs, Kalispell, 890-2150
  • Radioactive, Kalispell, 257-5999
  • Ace Hardware, Kalispell, 755-9701
  • Best Buy, Kalispell, 752-1300
  • Home Depot, Kalispell, 755-5333

Single-Use (Alkaline) Batteries

There are currently no local recycling centers for single-use batteries in the Flathead. Because of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act, alkaline batteries no longer contain any mercury and are not considered hazardous. Household single-use batteries such as AAA, AA, C or D batteries can be safely disposed of in your household trash.


Checking to make sure that Electronic Waste is recycled in an environmentally save manner is an on-going consumer responsibility. Largely because of consumer pressure most responsible companies are getting independent third-party certification that their E-Waste collections are properly recycled and not shipped and  “dumped” in over-seas counties.

Find out more about third-party certifications, and what to ask before you recycle:
e-Stewards Certification
R2 Certification
How they compare


Although most recyclers will provide assurance that your personal data is destroyed, don’t take a chance. Be responsible for protecting your identity and your assets, make sure to clean hard drives & cell phones before recycling.

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