Electronic waste, or e-waste, includes household or office electronic devices in working or non-working condition that are no longer used. E-waste is known to contain heavy metals such as mercury and lead, which if placed in the landfill, can harm people and the environment. Examples of e-waste include:
- Cell phones
- Computer monitors
- Computer printers
- Computer processing units (CPUs)
- Cordless phones
- Laptop computers
- Telephone answering machines
- DVD/VHS players
- Other electronic devices that contain a circuit board
Recent research from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the amount of e-waste produced is growing at a rate three times faster than municipal trash. With technology constantly being updated, the lifespan of electronics is rapidly diminishing. This makes the need for recycling these items more important than ever.
How to Recycle E-Waste
Working and non-working electronic devices may be acceptable for donation for reuse or repair. Televisions and computer monitors are accepted for free by many thrift stores and the Miramar Recycling Center. Call your favorite local thrift store, charity or non-profit for information regarding items accepted.
The Miramar Recycling Center accepts e-waste for recycling. Some items require a drop-off fee while other can be recycled for free.