E-Readers Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Donate or Sell if Usable Electronics Recycling Drop-Off If your e-reader is still usable, consider selling it or donating it. Check out donation locations using the NYS Reuse Locator Map. If it’s no longer usable, check out the NYS Electronics Recycling Locator Map. Check out this post on Recycle Right New York’s Instagram for information on recycling electronics. Never Throw in the Trash Most e-readers contain hazardous chemicals that can leach into the environment, so don’t throw them in the trash. Remove Personal Info Before donating or recycling an e-reader, remove all sensitive and personal information from the device. Barnes & Noble has instructions on how to clear your Nook of personal data. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will recycle e-readers and many other home electronics for free. Their trade-in program accepts e-readers. Find a store. HP Hardware Recycling HP accepts tablets and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling. Request a mail-back label here. Staples' Take Back Program Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including cell phones, desktop computers, tablets, monitors and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.