samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Game Consoles Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Video game cartridges can go in the garbage. If your console is in good condition, consider donating it. 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. Ways to Reuse 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.