Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Electronics waste or "E-waste" is the outdated and obsolete electronics that you no longer want, and it's a waste stream that's growing fast. Many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Reusing and recycling electronics keeps these toxic materials out of our landfills and also recovers valuable resources.
Among the items accepted for recycling:
What happens to my electronics?
After you drop off your e-waste, it is locally dismantled or "de-manufactured" into core components that are then used to manufacture new recycled goods. Such components include glass, plastic and circuit boards. The circuit boards themselves contain reusable metals such as copper, gold and silver.
Secure handling of data is available If you're concerned about sensitive data, secure handling of data is also available. You can take the hard drive or other secure data components directly to the de-manufacturer to watch them being shredded. However, once an item is dropped off at the Solid Waste Agency's recycling center, it is handled securely. All data will be shredded (if machine is de-manufactured) or government level "wiped," if components can be recycled. We do not allow scavenging of electronics turned in for recycling.
Many materials these days are able to be recycled. A simple guideline to follow is: