2014-01-02 / News

DEQ: How to recycle unwanted electronics

Free recycling offered by many local stores

LANSING – During the holidays, many lucky Michigan residents received new TVs, computers and tablets, often as replacements for older electronics. Instead of throwing their predecessors in the trash, the DEQ reminds citizens that convenient and free electronics recycling is available at many local stores. Instead of filling a landfill, recycling allows the valuable commodities electronic items contain – such as copper, silver and gold – to be reused.

The Michigan Electronics Takeback Program requires the manufacturers of covered electronic devices to provide nocharge recycling opportunities for the devices they sell. Under this law, TVs, desktop and laptop computers, tablets, computer monitors and printers from residents and businesses with fewer than 10 employees can be recycled without charge.

“Recycling is a simple way for all of us to do our part in protecting our environment and supporting our economy,” DEQ Director Dan Wyant said. “Let’s make this holiday season a little bit greener by properly recycling our unwanted electronic devices.”

There are several ways consumers can easily recycle electronic items:

• Many retail and non-profit outlets recycle electronic items for free, including Best Buy, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Salvation Army and Staples. It’s best to call ahead to confirm which electronics are accepted.

• Free collection events that take place throughout the year at various locations, organized by county and local governments and nonprofit partnerships. The DEQ Sustainable Materials Management Unit, reachable at 517-284-6589, can provide information about recycling services and upcoming events.

• Consumers also can take their items to permitted electronics recyclers, some of which offer pick-up service. A list of certified recyclers is included on the Electronics Takeback Program website www.michigan.gov/ deqewaste.

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