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Residential e-Scrap

What is e-scrap?

E-scrap is electronic waste – the result of discarded electronic equipment. It includes a broad and growing range of electronic devices from television and computer monitors, computer processing units and computer ancillary items to hand-held cellular phones, laptops, blackberries, stereos and other consumer electronics.

Why is e-scrap such a concern?

New advances in technology are happening rapidly and consumers are constantly upgrading to new equipment and therefore discarding their old products. Electronics contain a variety of materials, some of which are potentially hazardous to the environment. If your old products are not properly managed, i.e. reused or recycled, these hazardous properties may leach into the soil and water.

What hazardous materials are associated with e-scrap?

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. Computer and television monitors with cathode ray tubes contain high amounts of lead. Other potentially hazardous materials include cadmium, mercury, antimony and arsenic.

What are my options, as a business, for my unwanted e-scrap?

Option 1: Alachua County recommends that you try to reuse your unwanted electronics by donating your working electronics to friends, family or a local school or charity.

Option 2: Depending on the size of your business, if your products are obsolete or broken, we ask that you bring them to our HWCC drop-off facility located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park.

What is the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC)?

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department provides a County-wide service for proper management of hazardous and toxic materials and waste from County residents and qualiied small businesses at the Alachua County HWCC and at ive Rural Collection Centers (for residents only). Various chemicals, automotive luids, pesticides, latex and oil-based paint, luorescent lamps, batteries, electronic waste and pharmaceutical waste from households can be dropped off at the HWCC. Alachua County processes over 1.3 million pounds of hazardous materials annually.

The Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center is open year-round to the public. Call 352-334-0440 for more information.

Where is the County’s HWCC?

Alachua County’s Hazardous Waste Collection Center is located at 5125 NE 63rd Ave. next to the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (2 miles north of the Gainesville Regional Airport off Waldo Rd). Call 352-334-0440 for more information.

Does the HWCC accept hazardous waste from businesses?

Because businesses must comply with federal, state and local hazardous waste rules and regulations, the Alachua County HWCC offers a fee-based disposal program for small businesses. To ensure that your business avoids penalties, properly manage and dispose of your hazardous wastes at the HWCC or other EPA-approved disposal facilities. Contact the center prior to drop off to discuss program availability for your business and to determine the fee for waste disposal. No appointment is necessary.

Are there any quantity e-scrap restrictions or limits for businesses?

Currently, small businesses can bring up to 30 computer monitors to the HWCC per month. There are no limits on the number of computers and peripherals that can be brought to the HWCC each month.

What receiving/packaging requirements are there for e-scrap that comes from my business?

There are no packaging requirements for electronics being delivered to the HWCC. Businesses can drop off monitors, computers and peripherals as they are. Please note: If the monitor or television glass is broken, please place equipment in a sealed bag or box prior to delivering it to the facility.

What type of e-scrap does the County accept from businesses?

At the County’s HWCC facility, we accept televisions, computer monitors, computers, scanners, keyboards, printers and other household electronics.

Do I have to take my e-scrap somewhere or call someone to pick it up?

Currently, the County does not have the means to collect electronics at your site. Therefore, we ask that you deliver your unwanted electronics to the HWCC drop-off facility.

Is it expensive to have my e-scrap recycled?

To help offset the costs associated with the proper end-of-life management of electronics, businesses must pay a $3.50 fee for monitors up to 19”, $4.50 for monitors over 19” and up to $12.50 for televisions.

What recyclable materials are in e-scrap?

Electronics contain a variety of recyclable materials like metals, glass, and plastics, all of which can be recovered during the demanufacturing process.

What happens to both residential and commercial electronics after I drop them off at the County’s HWCC Facility?

The County currently contracts with Creative Recycling Systems (CRS), located in Tampa. CRS is a Florida DEP approved e-scrap recycler and it properly recycles our unwanted electronics into various components. Prior to shipping your e-scrap to CRS, the County evaluates and separates working computer monitors for reuse through The Dignity Project, which helps get working computers into needy homes. The County also performs some demanufacturing of computer towers to sort out components such as circuit boards, chips, and disc drives, which generate small revenue for the facility. The facility does not earn a proit for the County. All e-scrap is then shipped to CRS, a state-certiied business, for recycling.

Do you accept computer monitors or televisions from my place of business that have been dropped and cracked?

Yes, prior to delivering the broken monitor or television to the HWCC, please seal the device in a plastic bag or box. HWCC staff will then dispose of the device.

For further information about e-scrap management and the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s position on end-of-life management for electronics, please visit the following website: http://www.dep.state.l.us/waste/categories/electronics/default.htm.