Dmytro Angelovskyi / Shutterstock.com Tablets Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains E-Waste Dmytro Angelovskyi / Shutterstock.com Tablets are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. If your tablet is in good condition, consider donating it. Never Throw in the Garbage Electronic tablets are known to contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, brominated flame retardants and chlorine. When electronics are thrown away, these chemicals leach into the environment. Remove Personal Information Before donating or recycling a tablet, remove all sensitive and personal information from the device. Deleting saved items won’t erase this information completely. Visit a local software store to pick up software to wipe the device entirely.