Did you know that most TVs and computer monitors contain two to eight pounds of toxic lead? Many electronics contain other toxic metals like mercury and cadmium, too. If any of these contaminants get into our rivers, streams, or lakes, they can harm our health and damage the environment.
Most TVs and computers contain a cathode ray tube (CRT). Electronic products containing a CRT may not be placed in the garbage (Minnesota Statutes §115A.9565).
The solution? Recycle your electronics. Convenient, easy, and affordable electronics recycling options are available for household electronics including:
- Computers: central processing units (CPUs), monitors and laptops
- Computer keyboards, speakers, printers and other peripherals
- VCRs and DVD players
- Fax machines
- Other electronics, such as cell phones and stereos
- Electronics recycling has never been easier or more important. Recycling options for household electronics available to residents include :
- Take-back programs: Some manufacturers and retailers will take back your old electronics for recycling.
- Garbage haulers: Some haulers pick up electronics for recycling.
- Recycling companies: You can drop off your old electronics at a recycler. Some recyclers pick up electronics for recycling.
- Government recycling programs: Your city, county, or neighborhood may pick up electronics or offer drop-off sites.
To find electronics recycling options, contact your county’s solid waste office or visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website at: