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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 domestic and international markets. 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
  • Power supplies (shredded)
  • Copper yokes
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Batteries
  • PCB Materials
  • Ink jet and laser cartridges
  • Cell phones
  • Plastics (baled)
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