Why Recycle Electronics?

The use of electronics have continued to grow over the past two decades. In 2009, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals, (including printers, scanners, fax machines) mice, keyboards and cell phones total 2.3 million short tons of the waste in the United States. Many electronics container precious metals that can be salvage as well as also containing toxic materials that should be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner.

On average, SCSWA recycles an estimated 141 tons of electronic waste for residents.

Three important reasons to recycle your electronic waste include:

• Decreases the amount of toxins (such as lead, mercury and cadmium) that enter the environment.

• Allows for the recovery of natural resources such as gold, copper and nickel.

• Electronic waste is one of the growing municipal materials in the waste stream, and only 12.5% of it is recycled.

The Electronics Recycling Program Has Changed! Effective November 2, 2016, CRTs and Televisions will no longer be accepted for free!

Effective November 2, 2016, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and Televisions (LCD, flat screen, projection, etc.) are no longer accepted for free electronics recycling.  CRTs and TVS WILL incur a minimum fee of $5.00 and is limited to no more than three CRT/TVs per household, per day.   Residents that bring CRTs and/or TVs to County Collection/Convenience Centers will have their trash coupon punched once for up to three CRT/TVs per day.  To read more about the recent change to the electronics recycling program, click here.

Commonly Accepted Items

Answering machines
Cell phones and chargers
Computer cables
Computers and laptops
Copier
DVD and VCR players
Fax Machines
Flash and hard drives
Keyboards and Mice

Printers (No toner or print cartridges)
Radios
Rechargeable Batteries
Routers
Telephones
Wires

Items are recycled, refurbished, or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

**We do not accept business-generated items**

View our Quick Guide to Electronics Recycling Drop-off here.

 

Additional Electronics Recycling Options
Many retailers and manufacturers offer e-cycling programs. For a list of participants, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or research by zip code at Earth 911.

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