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Electronic Waste

Electronic waste has been banned from the trash. Electronic waste includes devices that contain concentrations of metals (lead and copper) high enough to make them hazardous when they are discarded.

 

These items are electronic waste and have been banned from the trash:

  • Televisions: tubes, flat screens, plasmas, or projectors
  • Computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, and computer peripherals
  • Telephones, cell phones, and answering machines
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape players, VCRs, CD/DVD players, and phonographs
  • Microwave ovens
  • Thermostats
  • Ballasts for fluorescent lamps
  • Digital clocks and MP3 music players
  • Digital cameras and video cameras
  • Cathode ray tubes and devices containing CRT’s

These items are not electronic waste and can typically go in the trash:

  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Motors and fans
  • Toasters and ovens
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Garbage disposals
  • Pumps
  • Hair dryers and hair curlers
  • Most appliances are electrical but not electronic waste including:
    • Electric heaters, coolers, and refrigerators
    • Air conditioners, stoves, ovens
    • Furnaces, water heaters
    • Clothes or dish washers, clothes dryers
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