E-waste (electronic waste) is a popular and informal name for electronic products that are obsolete or unwanted. TVs, monitors, computers, copiers, fax machines, audio and video equipment, are some of these common electronic products.
E-waste is the fastest growing segment of waste steam in our Nation and the World. Many electronic products contain high levels of nickel, lead, and other toxic elements that render them hazardous waste when disposed. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (www.dtsc.ca.gov) prohibits disposal of these hazardous products in landfills.
According to the E.P.A., electronic waste contributes 70% of the toxins found in landfills, while only contributing 1% of the volume of materials in landfills. Electronic waste contains many toxic materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, phosphors and flame-retardants. Recycling your electronics waste decreases energy and water use, reduces pollution, and keeps hazardous chemicals out of our air and water.
A recently passed law makes it illegal for New York State residents to dispose of electronic items, starting April 1, 2015.
For more information see the Electronics Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.
If properly disposed of, e-waste is not hazardous. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is an issue of resource conservation. In short, electronics contain many re-usable and valuable raw materials. However, if improperly disposed of or illegally dumped, electronics can pose a serious risk to the environment.
No, but we only accept materials from households, not-for-profit organizations, schools, and small businesses (less than 50 employees). If dropping off a large amount of equipment, please give us a call at (800) 555-1212 so we can plan accordingly.
Absolutely! For a small fee we will pick up your unwanted waste; by partnering with the largest junk removal company in Orange County, Junk Be Gone! Would be happy to pick up heavy, hazardous, half truck or full truck load of unwanted items. Contact us today for a free quote or simply fill in the blanks and we will calculate your estimate for you.
No. The collection events are not swap meets, they are drop off events.
Yes. Please visit our info table at the event, and we can help you there.
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture them. Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
- Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year.
- One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the concentrations of gold ore mined in the US and 30-40 times the concentration of copper ore mined in the US.
Lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated flame retardants are among the substances of concern in electronics. These substances are included in the products for important performance characteristics, but can cause problems if the products are not properly managed at end of life.
Lead is used in glass in TV and PC cathode ray tubes as well as solder and interconnects; older CRTs typically contain on average 4 lbs of lead (sometimes as much as 7 lbs in older CRTs), while newer CRTs contain closer to 2 lbs of lead.
Mercury is used in small amount in bulbs to light flat panel computer monitors and notebooks.
Brominated flame retardants are widely used in plastic cases and cables for fire retardancy; the more problematic ones have been phased out of newer products but remain in older products.
Cadmium was widely used in ni-cad rechargeable batteries for laptops and other portables. Newer batteries (nickel-metal hydride and lithium ion) do not contain cadmium.
Prior to donating or recycling your cell phone, there are three things you need to do:
- Terminate your service.
- Clear the phone’s memory of contacts and other stored information.
- Manually delete all information, and follow instructions from your wireless carrier or the product manual on how to conduct a factory hard reset.
- Use data erasing tools that are available on the web. One tool can be found at www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/default.asp Exit EPA.
- Remove your SIM card and shred or cut it in half. If you are not sure if your phone uses a SIM card or if you need assistance removing your SIM card, contact your service provider or manufacturer.
For more information regarding deleting information from a cell phone, contact the cell phone recycling program you plan to use.