How to Recycle Your Old Electronics

Published 07/24 2014 04:34PM

Updated 07/24 2014 08:19PM

When your computer or television wears out, it needs to be recycled, not just thrown out. The Broome County Landfill can help you do that.

Many tons of old electronic devices pass through the landfill every year.

Get this, last year about 213,000 pounds of computers, TV's, printers, DVD and VCR players, game controllers, radios, and more were recycled by the Broome County Landfill.

"Electronics have a lot of different components in them, circuit boards, the glass from the CRT's and whatnot. They all have heavy metals in them. A CRT might have up to five pounds of lead in it. The glass gets recycled. The circuit boards get recycled," said Brian Donnelly of Solids and Hazardous Waste.

A CRT is the older box-style computer monitor. The items are sent out to approved facilities to be handled properly.

The landfill has numerous electronics recycling days a month.

"Our collections run two Saturdays a month and a Wednesday of the month. They are 7:30 to 11:30. What you do is you come up, check in with the scale house so they direct you on where to go to get in line, if there is a line, usually there isn't too much of a line. People pull up. We unload all the materials for them. They can stay in their car," said Donnelly.

Electric items that you do not need to recycle include counter-top appliances, irons, and vacuum cleaners. They can just be thrown out.

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