Electronic Disposal that Counts as E-Waste
Now that you have the latest in electronic gadgets, you will need to properly remove all of the older models following proper electronic disposal guidelines. Therefore, before you toss your former lap top, clock radio, TV, VCR and printer, check the rules and regulations before simply placing them in a garbage bin. There are cities around the country that occasionally offer consumers a place where they can dispose of their electronic waste.
Rules and Regulations
Most electronic wastes contain materials that, if put into a landfill, could potentially affect the surrounding area. Cities, neighborhoods and communities, periodically offer e-waste recycling days where they let consumers bring in their electronic waste for proper electronic disposal. Recycling is said to save landfill space and promote a safer environment.
What Qualifies as E-Waste
Electronic waste includes computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, copiers, VCRs, fax machines, cell phones, printers, scanners, hard drives, stereo equipment, cables and cords, shredders, microwaves, and more. Basically, anything that qualifies as an electronic and that no longer works or has become obsolete is considered to be electronic waste.
Where to Dispose
Look in newspapers, city web sites or at the city hall in your area for flyers, advertisements or notices for specific dates and time they are offering electronic disposal.
Get Items Together
Once you have determined where the electronic disposal/recycling day will be held, gather electronics and erase any personal information. Remove files from computer hard drivers, as well as erase names and pertinent information from cell phones. If you do not know how to remove vital information that you do not want made available to others to potentially view, take your electronic disposals to a reputable company that can do this for you. Do not simply show up with your items in the trunk and toss them into the large bins provided by the city. You never know when or where these electronic devices could land and who might be using them or recycling them for other purposes.
Batteries and More
You will want to remove any batteries, ink cartridges and other unneeded accessories before dropping your electronic disposals off at the recycling center. It is now considered a crime to throw away batteries in local garbage bins in most cities, so check with your city before you arrive at the site.
At the Site
After removing stored information, package electronic waste in boxes, bags, etc. Once at the site, the on-site staff will tell you where to throw your electronic recyclables. There are typically various bins on the premises. There might be specific bins or recycled areas designated for computers printers, phones, TVs and VCRs. It is important that you deposit each item where it should go. A site member may also give you a form to fill out that you can later use as a tax write-off similar to when donating clothing and other goods to charities.
End of Journey
The electronic disposal center has agreements with other companies to accept and dispose of this waste legally, as well as in a way that is considered to be environmentally safe.