urbanbuzz / Shutterstock.com Cameras Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste urbanbuzz / Shutterstock.com 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 so 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. 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.