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E-waste FAQ

Why recycle e-waste?
E-waste contains environmental hazards such as lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, chromium, lithium, and PCBs. Waste Commission of Scott County is not only concerned about the space e-waste consumes in landfills, but also the toxicity of that material and the environmental hazard e-waste could cause. In addition, it is illegal for businesses to dispose of e-waste materials in landfills.

How can businesses recycle e-waste?
Businesses can bring e-waste to the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Businesses e-waste is charged at 20 cents per pound for cathode-ray-tube containing items. All other e-waste is free of charge. Large or unusual items are assessed on a per item basis. Call 563-823-0119 for more information.

How are materials demanufactured?
Materials are disassembled, sorted, shredded or baled, and then shipped. The following is a brief description of material recovered while demanufacturing a particular item: 

Television/Monitor
  • Plastic
  • Secondary Circuit Board
  • Cathode Ray Tube
  • Wire
  • PCB Capacitor
  • Scrap Metal

Computer

  • Hard Drive, CD Rom, Floppy Drive and all other drives
  • Power Supply
  • Wire
  • Primary Circuit Board
  • Scrap Metal
  • Heavy Metal Battery
  • Plastic

What happens to the recovered material?
The materials listed below are sold to markets in the United States. No materials are shipped over-seas. Proceeds from the sale of these materials help offset the costs of demanufacturing and processing the e-waste. Recovered materials include:

  • Crushed glass (shredded)
  • Primary circuit boards (baled)
  • Secondary circuit boards
  • Scrap Metal (shredded)
  • Wire
  • Hard drives and other drives (shredded)
  • Power supplies (shredded)
  • Copper yokes
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Batteries
  • PCB Materials
  • Ink jet and laser cartridges
  • Cell phones
  • Plastics (baled)
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