Our household collections of tablets, smart phones, computers, and cameras are always growing. As our old devices are replaced by the newest gadgets, it can be frustrating to determine what to do with old technology.
If TV’s, printers, and computer monitors aren’t disposed of properly, they could cause harm to you and the environment. A few of the possible harmful materials within e-waste are, beryllium, mercury, lead, nickel, chromium and cadmium. These materials can make their way into the soil or ground water if not properly handled.
The problem is a rapidly growing one. According to the EPA, e-waste takes up less than 10% of solid waste stream. But, it’s growing 2-3 times faster than any other part of the waste stream. It’s estimated that 70% of the toxic waste in landfills are due to e-waste. Because of it’s potential harm to the environment, electronic waste is banned from Illinois landfills and is not accepted by traditional “all in one” recycling or curbside garbage pick up. Residents are left with few options for electronic waste removal.
– Televisions / Monitors
(some quantity limits apply)
(desktop, laptop, notebook & tablet)
– Electronic keyboards
– Facsimile (fax) machines
– Video cassette recorders
– Portable Digital Music Players
– Video Disc Players
– Video Game Consoles
– Small Scale Servers
– Electronic Mice
– Digital Converter Boxes
– Cable Receivers
– Satellite Receivers
– Digital Video Disc Recorders
Residential haulers cannot accept electronics within “all in one” recycling or garbage programs. Contacting a trusted specialty electronics recycling company ensures your e-waste will be disposed of properly.
Donated electronics can be refurbished and given to charitable organizations or families in need.
Some manufacturers and retailers will take your electronics back again. Make sure you call ahead to check on limits and acceptable items.