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e-scrap Information for Business Owners and Employees

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Why is e-scrap a concern?

New advances in technology are happening rapidly and consumers are constantly upgrading to new equipment and discarding old products. Electronics contain a variety of materials, some of which are hazardous to the environment if leached into the soil and water.


What type of e-scrap is accepted?

  • Cellular Phones
  • Computer Desktop Towers
  • Computer Monitors
  • Computer Peripherals keyboard, mouse, etc.)
  • Computer Printers and Scanners
  • Game Systems
  • Laptop Computers
  • Microwaves
  • Power Tools
  • Stereo Components
  • Tape Recorders
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • VCR/DVD Players

Is there a fee for e-scrap disposal?

    The Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC) offers fee-based disposal programs. Businesses pay a $3.50 fee for a monitor up to 19”, $4.50 for monitors over 19” and up to $12.50 for televisions. There is no charge for all other types of e-scrap. Please contact us prior to drop off to discuss program availability for your business and to determine the fee for waste disposal.

    No appointment is necessary. Cash, check or credit card is accepted.



Why should you worry about your company's e-scrap?

E-scrap is unwanted electronic products and equipment including computers, cell phones, televisions and other consumer electronics.

New advances in technology are happening rapidly and, to stay competitive, businesses are constantly upgrading to new equipment and therefore storing or discarding their old products. It is important for businesses to have procedures in place to ensure that all end-of-life electronics are properly managed.

Electronic components often contain a variety of heavy metals and other substances known to pose hazards to human and environmental health when disposed of improperly, especially many older models of computer and television monitors. Monitors containing cathode ray tubes contain high amounts of lead. Other potentially hazardous materials include cadmium, mercury, antimony and arsenic.

And there are also materials that should be recovered and recycled like glass from the monitor, precious metals from the motherboard and plastics from the cases.

When your old electronic products are not properly managed – disposed appropriately, reused or recycled – their hazardous properties may leach and contaminate the soil and groundwater.


What can employees do?

  • Be conscious – ask your company what they do with old or non-working electronic equipment.
  • Be proactive – express your interest to recycle and request that old electronics be properly managed.

What can your company do?

  • Create a written procedure for proper end-of-life management of e-scrap.
  • Reuse, donate, or sell old, working electronics to charities or employees.
  • Recycle non-working or broken electronics.
  • Properly dispose of broken electronics.
  • Educate employees on the proper end-of-life management of electronics.