E-Waste is Toxic! Protect yourself and your environment by disposing of it responsibly.
Recycle Utah accepts e-waste during our normal business hours.
Items we accept include: cell phones, ipods, computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, scanners, TVs, stereos, printers, fax machines, and vacuums. Fees may apply.
What is electronic waste?
Electronic waste refers to any and all electronics thrown out becuase they break, become obsolete, or fall out of fashion.
Why is it a problem?
Electronics have become the fastest growing portion of our solid waste stream, due mainly to the fact that they are being developed so rapidly. According to the EPA, of the 2.4 million tons of electronics discarded every year, only 27% are recycled. Almost 75% ends up in our landfills, taking up valuable space and creating a health hazard.
Why is it toxic and what are the health effects?
Electronic devices contain materials that are not biodegradable and toxic to humans and our environment. Those materials include:
LEAD: a major component of interconnects, solders, and cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in both TVs and PCs. Old CRTs can contain at least 4 pounds of lead. Chronic exposure to lead leads to central nervous system (CNS) damage, kidney disease, reproductive impairment, and increased risk of anemia.
MERCURY: often used to light up computer monitors or notebooks. It is dangerous to a developing fetus and can cause permanent damage to kidneys or CNS.
BROMATED FLAME RETARDANTS: widely used in older plastic cables. These chemicals are potentially toxic to the liver, thyroid, and neuro-development.
CADMIUM: used to be a common component of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, like laptops. Some chronice effects of cadmium exposure include kidney damage, lung cancer, prostate cancer, pulmonary emphysema, bone disease, anemia, teeth discoloration, and loss of smell.
What happens to the electronics I drop off?
Recycle Utah sends our e-waste to Metech, an e-Steward certified de-manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City. Some parts can be recycled, such as glass, plastic, and precious metals like gold, silver and copper. Heavy metals are also recovered for reuse, meaning less mining has to be done, reducing environmental disturbance and fuel use. All other hazardous chemicals are disposed of responsbily.
What can I do to protect my personal information?
Remove any private information stored on your device's memory. To recycle your cell phone, terminate your service, clear the phone's memory (manually or with a program), and destroy your phone's SIM card. If you are donating your computer or PDA, a software store can provide you with the proper tools to protect your information.
Where else can I safely dispose of my electronics?
In addition to the Recycle Utah center (1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT) you may also drop off electronics at:
The Summit County Landfill in Three Mile Canyon:
Or at one of the Household Hazardous Waste Facilities in Salt Lake City: