The Recycle Depot accepts ALL electronics, including computers of all types, monitors, televisions (working and non-working), small devices and peripherals, cords, mobile phones, game consoles and handheld devices, DVDs, VCRs, and household appliances such as clocks and scales. See fee schedule for entire list.
The Recycle Depot will NOT accept phone cases or other accessories made of vinyl or plastic. Please separate e-waste from these materials before dropping them off.
All e-waste is free for disposal except for rear-projection TVs, which cost $10 per television.
Electronics Are Everywhere
Over the last two decades, a technological revolution has taken place. Electronic waste (or E-waste) is the inevitable by-product of this technological revolution. Once built to be repairable, consumer electronics are now designed to be replaced and discarded. Discarded electronic equipment is the fastest growing waste stream in the industrialized world rising by 3% to 5% per year, almost three times faster than the municipal waste stream. E-waste is also a growing toxic waste problem as it is one of the largest known sources of heavy metals and organic pollutants in the waste stream.
E-Waste – A New Environmental Problem
E-waste represents as much as 5% of waste disposal, more than beverage containers and disposable diapers. Nationally, and estimated 5 to 7 million tons of computers, televisions, stereos, cell phones, and other electronic gadgets become obsolete every year. A small fraction of this waste is being recycled. A sizable portion, remains in E-waste purgatory (unused but stockpiled in closets, garages, basements, and office storerooms). Businesses are waiting for a responsible opportunity to deal with this material and residents do not want to part with such an expensive “investment.”
Precious Metals – and Dangerous Toxins
Cleaned and sorted, the precious metals and other materials that make up E-waste have considerable value on the recycling market. The root problem is a lack of incentives for recycling, and the relatively high cost of dismantling, cleaning and sorting. Without effective phase-outs of hazardous chemicals and reuse and recycling systems, highly toxic chemicals found in electronics will continue to contaminate soil and groundwater as well as pollute the air, posing a threat to wildlife and people.
Marshall County residents may bring their obsolete electronics to the Recycle Depot for recycling. A nominal fee may apply; call (574) 935-8618 for more information.