Electronics Recycling

electronics recycling

Electronics Recycling

In our continued effort to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill, the Cherokee County Landfill has developed an “Electronic Waste recycling program”.  This program is not a mandatory program, but we encourage those who want to recycle as much as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.

Electronic wastes (also known as e-waste) are made up of a number of things that are potentially hazardous as well as a number of things that can be recycled and reused.

E-waste facts:

  • Over 100 million computers, televisions & monitors become obsolete every year.
  • About 300 million other consumer electronics become obsolete every year.
  • E-Waste accounts for 40 percent of the lead and 75 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills.
  • Consumers have, on average, two or three obsolete computers in their garages, closets or storage spaces.
  • Computers contain valuable metals including gold, silver, palladium, platinum, aluminum and copper.

 

Why We Recycle Electronic Waste:

There are many reasons to recycle old electronics, including legal reasons, financial reasons, practicalities and concern for the environment. As awareness grows regarding the hazardous nature of electronics, regulations for proper management have been put in place as a way of protecting public health and the environment.

Businesses must comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Under RCRA, the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) for lead is set at a maximum of 5 mg/L. Anything higher is deemed as hazardous waste and must be recycled properly and documented. Keep in mind that the average color monitor contains about 18.5 mg/L of lead. Those who violate this act face heavy penalties.

The definition of “electronic waste”

“Electronic Waste” shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, any of the following collected electronics: video display devices (including computer monitors and televisions), cell phones, DVD Players, VCRs, computers (both desktop and laptop), computer and electronic peripherals (including but not limited to keyboards, computer mice, computer speakers, or any similar device external to a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer), printers, fax machines, scanners, external disc drives/burners, gaming controls, and zip and flash drives, and other electronic equipment containing a circuit board or power cord.”

E-Waste Disposal Pricing:

  • Contact the landfill for a complete pricing list.
  • Cell phones – free

 

For more information please contact Brent Kach @ 712-225-3749.