The Solid Waste
Authority wants your used or outdated electronics.
There are thousands of
electronic devices today that have made our lives more convenient and
enjoyable. But care must be taken when disposing of these items when
they have outlived their usefulness or new ones have been bought.
Instead of throwing
away your used or outdated electronics, you can recycle them without
taking up valuable space in our landfill or polluting our environment
with the metals and other materials they are made of.
Electronics That the Solid Waste Authority Collects
Audio/visual equipment, such as VCRs, stereos, etc.
peripherals, such as printers, scanners, etc.
Telecommunications equipment, such as phones, fax machines, etc.
Palm Beach County
residents can bring their used or outdated electronics to any of the
Solid Waste Authority’s
Chemical and Recycling Centers
during normal operating hours and simply place them in the marked
electronics area provided. There is no cost to residents.
** 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
How are the Used
Collected items are
sorted by SWA staff and hauled away by a private contractor. Any useful
components are recovered and reused when possible. Everything else is
shredded and sorted into base materials such as plastics, metals and
glass to be recycled into new products.
About Electronics Recycling:
average lifespan of a desktop computer, for instance, is only
three-to-five years (though some people may keep them longer).
Consumers may not keep a cell phone for more than two years before
exchanging it for the newer version that offers more features.
electronics that are still in working condition can be donated to
schools, nonprofit organizations, and lower-income families.
A recent study by the
Association found that:
According to the
Environmental Protection Agency:
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials,
including metals, plastics and glass, all of which require energy to
mine and manufacture.
or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and
avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that
are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the
electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year.
every 1 million cell phones we recycle, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772
pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be
Palm Beach County Extension