Recycling Used Items (Home Appliances and Other Products)

Here, we describe how to recycle used items, including home appliances and other items.

Recycling Home Appliances and PCs

Air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers and PCs basically cannot be collected by local governments.

Recycling of air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and clothes dryers

If you are replacing an appliance, the store where you bought it or the store where you are buying a replacement will take your old appliance. If you do not know where the appliance was purchased, you should contact your local government office. The person disposing of the appliance will be required to pay a recycling fee.

Recycling of PCs

PC manufacturers will collect and recycle old PCs, and some local governments will collect them. Please contact your local government office for details. PCs bearing PC recycling marks sold since October 2003 will be collected and recycled free of charge by the PC manufacturer.

PC recycling mark

PC recycling mark

Source of information provided:PC3R Promotion Association

Recycling of Other Used Items

Recycling Shops

One way to get rid of used items (except home appliances and PCs mentioned above) is to take them to a recycling shop. Many of these shops will purchase a range of items including books, CDs, clothes, brand name products, precious metals and more. Some shops purchase many kinds of items at the same time, whereas others specialize in certain types of items. Recycling shops that purchase a range of items together provide added convenience since they can usually arrange a one-time purchase. On the other hand, specialized recycling shops tend to purchase them highly as their staff are more likely to know the actual value of the products they specialize in. So, it pays to choose the type of recycling shop that best suits your needs. However, be aware that depending on the timing and condition of the items, there may be instances where the purchase price is lower than you expected, or the store may decide not to purchase your items at all.

When buying used items, you will need to present a document that verifies your identity, such as a residence card, due to legal requirements (Section 15 of the Antique Dealings Law). Please inquire at the shops you visit for details.

See a List of Recycling Shops.

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(Updated June 2017)