Dmytro Angelovskyi / Shutterstock.com Tablets See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste Dmytro Angelovskyi / Shutterstock.com Never Throw in the Trash Most electronic tablets are known to contain one or more of the following hazardous chemicals: lead, brominated flame retardants, and chlorine. Although these chemicals are only present in small amounts, hazardous chemicals do leach out of electronics sitting in landfills. Remove Personal Information Before donating or recycling a tablet, remove all sensitive and personal information from the device. Just deleting items won’t erase this information in its entirety: visit a local software store to pick up software to wipe the device completely. Alternative Ways to Recycle Apple Store Gift Card Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple can give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more. Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program Visit any Microsoft store location to trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit. If your items no longer carry substantial value, they will be wiped of data and safely recycled. If you aren’t near a store, you can request a prepaid postage label to mail in your items. HP Hardware Recycling HP accepts computer and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling, cash back or trade-ins. Get a quote for your hardware or a mail-in voucher here. Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will recycle tablets and other home electronics for free. They also offer a trade-in 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 unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers, and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.