The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2007, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, faxes), mice, keyboards and cell phones totaled about 2.5 million tons. Many of these items contain recyclable and/or hazardous material and therefore should be disposed of in a responsible manner.
What should I do with my old television set, computer and electronics?
Residents can recycle their old electronic equipment, such as computers, televisions, stereo equipment, etc., through the Salt River Landfill Electronics Recycling Program. In addition, retailers such as Best Buy also offer an electronics recycling program.
Computers in working condition and other select electronics may also be donated to AzSTRUT.
What about compact fluorescent light bulbs?
Compact fluorescent light bulbs do offer a number of environmental benefits but also contain traces of mercury and therefore should be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. Please follow these guidelines to properly dispose of these bulbs:
- DO NOT dispose of them in your regular trash.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs may be recycled at any local Home Depot or participating ACE Hardware retailer.
For more information, call Customer Service.
Visit www.earth911.com for alternative recycling options.