Vdovichenko Denis / Shutterstock.com iPods and MP3 Players Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste Vdovichenko Denis / Shutterstock.com Never Throw in the Garbage MP3 players contain metals that are toxic to the environment when not properly processed, so don’t throw them in the garbage. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy Recycling Program Best Buy accepts MP3 players and many other home electronics for free recycling. They accept up to three items per day from each household. They also offer a trade-in program for high value electronics. Find a location here. Apple Recycling Program Apple runs a refurbishing and recycling program for unwanted iPods and other Apple products. Mail in your iPod to be recycled, or bring it into an Apple retail location. Find out more. You will be given store credit for qualifying devices. Staples Recycling Services Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including MP3 players, desktop computers, tablets, monitors and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples. HP Hardware Recycling HP accepts MP3 players and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling. Request a mail-back label here.