Did you notice how many electronic devices were given as gifts during the holidays? It’s true that electronics comprise an ever-increasing proportion of what we throw away. We have seen a huge increase in a number of electronics we receive at our Tox-Away Days. In fact, in 2017, we received and recycled over 100,000 pounds of e-waste through that program–a 19% jump over the previous year. Fortunately, there are options for safe disposal of electronics in Hendricks County. Below, we’ll explain an easy way to connect to those recycling options.
First, let’s talk about why it is so important to recycle your electronic gadgetry. Electronics make up about 1-2% of the waste stream (what we put in the trash). A greater issue is the rate at which this portion of the waste stream is increasing and the toxicity of those items. Electronic waste is the fastest growing portion of the waste stream! What’s more, CRT’s (cathode ray tube) TVs and computer monitors contain many toxic substances including lead, mercury and cadmium.
To protect our air, soil and groundwater from those contaminants, most electronics cannot be disposed of in a landfill or incinerator. Local electronics recyclers include Goodwill, Best Buy, Staples, Electronics Recyclers International, NuGenesis, Office Depot and Ray’s Recycling Transfer Station. You should always contact the recycling organization directly for details about their specific program prior to delivering your items.
A couple of notes on recycling televisions: not all electronics recyclers will accept TVs for recycling. Those that do will charge $20 or more to take them. (The District charges $20 or $25 per television (depending on size) at our Tox-Away Day events.)
Need help recycling other post-holiday leavings? Visit our Online Recycling Directory. Once there, select the item you have and your local options will populate.