Electronics have become a large waste stream. They may contain small amounts of toxic materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium and precious metals such as gold. The good news is they are also highly recyclable as they are primarily made of ferrous metal and plastics.
Palm Beach County residents can bring their used or outdated electronics to any of the Solid Waste Authority’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers during normal operating hours and simply place them in the marked electronics area provided. There is no cost to residents.
Please note, for oversized items, such as copiers or business electronics, call the Solid Waste Authority at 561-697-2700, or 866-792-4636 (toll-free), or email.
*Check with retailer or manufacturer first.
Collected items are sorted by SWA staff with smaller items into large pallet boxes and larger items directly on pallets and then shrink wrapped. When a trailer load is accumulated a private contractor company hauls the load to a recycling facility. Any useful components are recovered and reused when possible. Everything else is fed into a large shredding machine which grinds the items into small pieces which are then sorted into base materials such as plastics, metals and glass. These are sold as commodities to be recycled into new products.
Interesting Facts About Electronics Recycling
A recent study by the Consumer Electronics Association found that:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency: