The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2013, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, faxes), mice, keyboards and cell phones totaled about 3.14 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 City's Household Hazardous Materials Program or 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.
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Residents are responsible for performing a secure wipe to remove any sensitive personal information (usernames, passwords, social security number, etc.) from electronic equipment. The City of Mesa does not remove and is not responsible for any information left on equipment.
What about fluorescent light bulbs?
Fluorescent and 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.
- Place bulbs in a cardboard box or other container that will help ensure they do not get broken.
- Recycle them through the City's Household Hazardous Materials Program. Compact fluorescent light bulbs may also be recycled at any local Home Depot or participating ACE Hardware retailer.
For more information, call Customer Service at (480) 644-2221.
Visit www.earth911.com for alternative recycling options.