When you bring your trash, compostables and recyclables to Western’s Trash and Recycle Center, bring your old electronics too.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2013 it is a violation of solid waste regulations for residents of Colorado to dispose of electronic waste in their trash. While it has been for many years and continues to be violation of hazardous waste regulations for industry, businesses, and government agencies to dispose of any electronic waste that exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste in municipal solid waste landfills, the “Electronics Recycling Jobs Act” – Senate Bill 12-133 – bans landfill disposal of certain electronic wastes from households.
Instead, households must dispose of waste electronic devices at collection facilities or at special collection events.
No Longer Accepted in the Trash: “Waste electronic devices”, as defined by the new law, include television sets, central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra books, net books, electronic tablets, digital video disc players, video cassette recorders and video display devices with a screen greater than four inches.
Why should you recycle old or obsolete computers and electronics?
- Almost all computers and electronic equipment contain hazardous materials that may pose a risk to public health if they are not handled and disposed of properly. The materials in modern electronics include a variety of chemicals and elements that are hazardous to humans and wildlife alike. Circuit boards and displays often contain elements such as lead, arsenic, mercury, and chromium.
- As of July 1, 2013, residentially-sourced electronic waste will not be accepted by trash haulers for landfill disposal per state law.
- Electronic waste from the business/commercial sector is regulated under current federal and state hazardous waste laws and must be managed as either a hazardous waste or a universal waste.
Why is there a fee to recycle electronic equipment?
- There is a charge for electronic recycling to offset the cost of collection, storage and marketing of materials
- We are charged by certified electronics recyclers to accept the materials from us.
- Obsolete or broken items that cannot be reused must be disassembled before they can be recycled and this process includes the expense of handling and disposing of toxic materials.
Electronics Recycling Price List
Rates Effective as of 1/1/14
|All-in-one (computer and monitor)||$14.00|
|Desktop Printer: ink jet||$8.00|
|Keyboards, mice, cables||No Charge|
|Cell phones||No Charge|
|VCR, DVD, home stereo components (no speakers are accepted)||$8.00|
|Palm pilot, PDA||$2.00|
|Universal Power Supply (UPS)||$8.00|
|Video game system||$4.00|
|Video or digital camera||$4.00|
|Televisions (see below based on size and type)|
|13 inch – 32 inch||$15.00|
|36 inch – 46 inch||$30.00|
Large commercial computer equipment, special quote only (copy machines, etc.) Please call us at 303-444-2037.