E-waste FAQWhy 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 TVs, monitors and laptops. 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:
- Secondary Circuit Board
- Cathode Ray Tube
- PCB Capacitor
- Scrap Metal
- Hard Drive, CD Rom, Floppy Drive and all other drives
- Power Supply
- Primary Circuit Board
- Scrap Metal
- Heavy Metal Battery
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)
- Hard drives and other drives (shredded)
- Power supplies (shredded)
- Copper yokes
- Fluorescent Tubes
- PCB Materials
- Ink jet and laser cartridges
- Cell phones
- Plastics (baled)