Product Recycling Service

E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. Each year, approximately 50 million tons of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is produced, which is equivalent to the weight of 4500 Eiffel Towers. The UN has called it a tsunami of e-waste. Differing from general garbage, however, E-waste may contain precious metals such as gold, copper and nickel as well as rare materials of strategic value such as indium and palladium. These materials can form an industry of green circulation with resource regenerating procedures, which imposes significance in both economic development and environmental rotection. The annual value of electronic waste is estimated to exceed US $62.5 billion, which equals the GDP of numerous countries. Through recycling and resource circulation, replaced electronic products were given new value and life, which created the next wave of opportunity for economic development and became the key of the circular economy.

Based on extended producer responsibility, ASUS has established free recycling service in major markets including Asia, Europe, Americas, India and Oceania. We also realized that electronic waste often flows to less developed countries due to lack of regulatory, process costing and second-hand markets, which severely affects human health and causes environmental pollution after improper treatment. We work with third-party recycler and start on-line trade-in program in Asia and Brazil. When a device reaches its end of life, we provide cash discount for a new one and appropriate recycling route. The simple trade-in procedure adds the recycling initiatives as well as the number of E-waste collected. Foreseeably, the recycling rate will increase gradually.

To ensure well-treated of electronic waste and compliance with the Basel Convention, all recycling companies working with ASUS are either approved by local government, or comply with electronic recycling standard, such as the Responsible Recycling (R2), the e-Stewards Standards. We will conduct annual audits on items including the compliant procedures for treatment, tracking of downstream and pollution prevention, which ensures that waste had been treated to valued resources that could be reused and prevent illegal disposal.

During the recycling process, we found that most of the discard computers were still usable or with only partial damages, which could be refurbished and reused. In view of the above, ASUS started the “Digital Inclusion program” from the Headquarter in Taiwan. We cooperate with the strategic partners that tested the recycled computers, and repair them as to refurbished computers. The refurbished are donated to NPO’s (Non-profit Organizations) in Taiwan and overseas. In addition to the extension of product life, the policy was also applied to promote digital learning. Through these programs and services, we create a new life for the discard computers and greater the materials efficiency.

To get more information about the recycling service, please select the region you are in from the map or the menu.

To electronics recycling vendors: please contact ASUS for information regarding proper disassembly and handling of ASUS products.


2021 Achievements in Products Recycling


Recycling Event

In response to the UN's efforts to increase the environmental awareness and environmental protection initiatives of global residents, ASUS' old-trade-in-for-new program has been launched in various regions around the world. Product lines covered mobile phones, notebook computers, and the recycling events of old electronic products. The events held in Spain, Italy, China, and Brazil are supported by customers. Through the partnership with the sales and service channels, communities, and recycling service providers, we established a recycling mechanism and raise public awareness of the environment, working together to protect the environment. Please visit the link for more information about this event.

Analysis of Disposal Treatment after End of Life Cycle

In 2020, ASUS cooperated with Spanish recycling and processing company to study the flow of e-waste and processing technology. We learned from this study that the main recycling pipelines for European e-waste come from product distributors (40%), waste management companies (30%), municipal recycling and a small amount of B2B commercial recycling. After recycling, e-waste is sorted and placed in a government-qualified storage, and then sent to the recycling facility for disassembly and disposal. Take a notebook computer as an example.

After the data is cleared, it is split into hard drives, external cables, batteries, printed circuit boards, LEDs, and plastics. After dismantling, each component will be given a code of Recovery Processes and Disposal Process according to the nature and attributes, and is processed with the best available techniques (BAT), including but not limited to various types of machinery, heat treatment (including smelting, vacuum heat recovery, and incineration), and chemical treatment for further reuse, energy recovery or conversion.


In this study, we realize the distribution of the main materials of electronic products from the end of the life cycle, and fully evaluate the recycling process as well as the processing technology. The current implementation status is higher than the recycling rate required by the EU WEEE regulations. For example, the notebook computer Recycling/preparing for Reuse Rate is 92.7%, and the Recovery Rate is 96.2%.

Nowadays, the development and application of environmental friendly materials are becoming more and more popular, which can reduce the hazardous waste removal procedures in the WEEE treatment process. As the fractionation technology continues to improve, the next stage we are heading toward is the cross-industry collaboration on the technology development and feasible application such as the reuse of valuable substances.