E-cycling: don’t just toss out those old electronics!

The latest and greatest electronic devices seem to be unveiled faster than you can say the 3Rs. Proper electronic recycling is paramount because electronics contain hazardous waste such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can be released into the air, soil and water and cause health and environmental risks. So, think before you toss. If your electronic device still works, donate it to a second-hand store or re-sell it to further its life. If the electronic device does not work, take it to a responsible electronic recycler.

A reputable recycler does not ship electronics to developing countries for processing where men, women and children work under hazardous conditions and toxins are improperly disposed of into the environment.

The EPA recognizes the e-Stewards® Recycler certification program and the Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification program for their advancement of environmentally-safe practices and standards. You can locate facilities that have earned the e-Stewards® Recycler certification by visiting www.e-stewards.org to ensure that electronics will not be sent to other countries improperly for processing.

Don’t forget that electronics can have value even if they’re broken. The metal, plastic and glass that is extracted can be sold and reused again. Properly recycled electronic parts can be used in many new products including car parts or furniture.

Small household electronics such as televisions, printers, video games, etc. may be recycled for free by Norfolk residents and those businesses on the City of Norfolk waste collection system. View a list of acceptable items. Two locations are available for collection:

Division of Waste Management
1176 Pineridge Road
Phone: 757-664-6510
Hours: MondaySaturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Division of Towing
1188A Lance Road
Phone: 757-441-1062
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The HHW and E-waste collection site is located at the back corner of the parking lot, near the baseball fields.

Norfolk residents are limited to five gallons or 75 pounds of materials per visit.

This article was provided by askhrgreen.org

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