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Electronic Waste and Demolition

televisions stacked for recycling
Televisions and computer monitors await recycling.

You may find electronic items in residential properties awaiting demolition.

Electronics may contain hazardous substances
  • cellular phones
  • computers
  • computer equipment
  • stereo equipment
  • televisions
  • beryllium
  • brominated flame retardants
  • cadmium
  • chromium
  • lead
  • mercury
  • nickel
  • zinc

Older televisions and computer monitors with cathode ray tubes contain an average of four pounds of lead and may require special handling.

  • Electronics Donation and Recycling
  • Where can I donate or recycle my old computer and other electronic products? - Many organizations accept electronics for reuse.
  • Some states have specific laws and policies governing the recycling of electronics.
  • Check with your local solid waste management district office to identify management options. Your local household hazardous waste facility may accept residential electronics.
  • Electronics manufacturers and retailers may have collection programs in your area.
  • You can use the Disaster Debris Recovery Database to locate recyclers and other waste management facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin.
  • Certified Electronics Recyclers - EPA encourages debris managers to choose certified recyclers. These recyclers have demonstrated to an accredited, independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage electronics. Currently, two accredited certification standards exist:
    • the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2)
    • and the e-Stewards® standards.