samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Game Consoles Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains E-Waste samsonovs / Shutterstock.com Game consoles are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. 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 and plastic casing. Game consoles can leach harmful metals into the environment, so never throw them away. Ways to Reduce Clean Your Console Keep your game consoles in good shape by cleaning them to prevent debris from clogging the vents or scratching games. Check out this helpful article on how to clean a video game system. Ways to Reuse Donate to Thrift Shops You can drop off any unwanted video consoles at a thrift shop so they don’t end up in a landfill.