Many electronics contain toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. When these substances find their way into the waste stream, they may threaten the environment and human health. If possible, we should try to keep them out of landfills.
So what can you do with an old computer, television set, cell phone or other electronic item? Local charities or schools may accept some reusable consumer electronics, especially newer computer models (not technologically obsolete). Always call first to make sure they can use your equipment. Other electronics can be given to a family member, friend or neighbor.
Some dealers, retailers or manufacturers will take back old equipment when new equipment is purchased. Ask your dealer or manufacturer about programs to accept old equipment for resale or recycling.
Also, consumers can bring items to local drop-off locations where the equipment is either refurbished or recycled. Fees may apply for certain items (computer monitors, televisions, office copiers, etc.) to offset the labor and disposal costs for properly managing end-of-life electronics.
Saint Louis County is a partner of e-cycle St. Louis... This regional partnership registered numerous facilities in the area as official collection sites for e-cycle St. Louis where the equipment is either refurbished or recycled. Fees may apply for certain items (computer monitors, televisions, office copiers, etc.) to offset the labor and disposal costs for properly managing end-of-life electronics. Click here to find a location near you.
Please know that while it is undesirable, electronic waste generated at a residence is exempt from hazardous waste regulation, and can be discarded in your bulky waste pick-up.
Special Note for Businesses, Non-Profits, Schools
Did you know that all businesses, non-profits, schools, and public agencies in Missouri are required by law to properly manage certain end-of-life electronics that may be classified as hazardous waste under Missouri law? Computer monitors, televisions, circuit boards, and other electronics contain excess heavy metals so they cannot be disposed of in the trash. There are several options available in the Saint Louis region, including reuse and recycling. Contact a local recycler or click here for more proper waste management options and regulatory requirements.
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