Instructions for recycling Intel® NUCs, Intel® Compute Sticks, and Intel® Compute Cards in the United States.
In the US, Intel offers its customers a free mail-back recycling program for Intel® NUC, Intel® Compute Stick, and Intel® Compute Card products, through Reverse Logistics Group Americas (RLGA). To participate, follow the instructions on the RLGA webpage, in the details for your state below.
Once you have sent it for recycling, a device is no longer secure. You should reset devices to their factory settings, and clear your data, before recycling. Instructions for most devices are available online. Your local recycling facility can give you more information.
Mail in Your Device to be Recycled
You can get a free shipping label, by clicking the link below and following instructions. When you receive the shipping label, pack the covered electronic device, affix the label, and send it to for responsible recycling.
Before recycling your electronics, we recommend protecting your personal information by resetting your devices to their factory settings and clearing your data. You can find factory reset instructions below. For more information, please check with your local recycling facility.
Boot into Windows* recovery menu (F8 or let it do it automatically)
Enter the advanced settings
Perform a full factory reset
When it is complete, re-boot and verify that it is at the appropriate setup screen & customer data that may have existed is gone
If verification fails (setup screen or customer data still present), next step is:
Boot off of an external USB drive containing a Windows* installation
Using Windows disc manager, format the product on-board/included drive
Open a disc imaging software like Macrium Reflect, and restore a pre-made image (that includes all drivers). Assuming the correct version of Windows for the product is used, Windows will activate automatically
Once that is complete, re-boot and verify it is at the appropriate setup screen & customer data that may have existed is gone
If you require packaging, it will be supplied, upon request, free of charge to Maryland consumers.
Additional Information for New York Residents
In New York State, Intel is a member of the RLGA Collective Electronic Waste Acceptance Program registered with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and in compliance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act. This program provides convenient methods for consumers of Covered Electronic Equipment to return their products at end of life for environmentally sound recycling.
In Pennsylvania, Intel is a member of the RLGA Group Plan registered with the State Department of Environmental Protection and in compliance with the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act. This program provides convenient methods for consumers of Covered Devices to return their products at end of life for environmentally sound recycling.