samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Game Consoles Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Don't Throw Away Game consoles are made of recyclable parts, including the circuit board, plastic casing and game disks. If game consoles are thrown away, they can leach harmful metals into the environment. Never throw them away. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Buy Back Program Best Buy will take back video game consoles and many other home electronics for free through their recycling program. They also run a trade-in program for video games and consoles. Nintendo Product Recycling Nintendo offers a free take back program for their hardware, software, accessories and chargers. They also accept video game consoles from customers who have purchased a Nintendo console. 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 location, you can request a prepaid postage label to mail in your items. Electronics Recovery and Recycling Program California passed the Electronics Recycling Act of 2003 to regulate how electronics are handled at the end of their life. Find out which organizations will take back unwanted or damaged electronics. Ways to Reuse Sell on Ebay Even if your video game console is broken, consider selling it online. There are people who want to buy broken video game consoles in order to recover working parts, which they use to fix other consoles. Donate to Thrift Shops You can drop off any unwanted video consoles and games at a thrift shop so they don’t end up in a landfill.