Electronic discards or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing segments of the world’s waste stream. In addition, some researchers estimate that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage, in part because of the uncertainty of how to properly dispose of these items.
As technology quickly evolves and new products are outdated almost as soon as they are available for purchase, the need for proper and safe disposal of electronics is apparent. If products are still in working order or need minor repairs, they should be donated to a school, library, charity or church. If they are broken and need to be disposed of, there are several disposal options in Orange County – do not place electronics with your household trash.
Certain materials, particularly metals, in electronic devices can be salvaged and recycled, and proper handling of electronics ensures that no harmful materials such as lead will contaminate our landfills or water supply.
- Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, pagers
- Computer monitors
- Laptop computers
- Printers/scanners/fax machines
- Stereos/radios/MP3 players or iPods
- Telephones/answering machines
- Televisions (including plasma and LCD)
- VCRs/DVD/CD players
- Video game consoles