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F.A.Q. Electroncis (E-Waste)

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.

Effective January 2011, New Jersey's “Electronics Waste Management Act” mandates the establishment of a free and environmentally sound recycling program (E-cycling) for computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers and televisions. These programs are are required to be established and funded by all the manufacturers that produce this equipment for residents and businesses with under 50 employees. In accordance with the act and as of January 2011, computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers and televisions are banned from being disposed of in the garbage. At a minimum, these discarded electronic items must be recycled and cannot be placed in the garbage for disposal.

As part of Morris County's household hazardous waste program, the MCMUA accepts used consumer electronics for recycling. In addition, more and more entities (public and private) are providing E-Waste recycling through a wide variety of programs. Electronics are now accepted at many municipal recycling depots and/or retail locations. Click here to view the database of Morris County electronics recycling drop-off locations.

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Managing Electronics (E-Waste) with the MCMUA

The following items are accepted as part of the MCMUA electronics recycling program: *computers (disposal ban), *laptops (disposal ban), *monitors (disposal ban), *televisions (disposal ban), printers, copiers, speakers, telephones, cell phones, keyboards, wire, hard drives,removable floppy or hard drives, docking stations, circuit boards, etc.

* As of 2011 and in accordance with Electronic Waste Management Act., the above items listed with an asterisk (*) are banned from being placed in the garbage for disposal.

Items accepted from residents and businesses with less than 50 employees are now free of charge. Businesses with more than 50 employees, schools and/or out-of-county participants that use the MCMUA's drop-off programs will be assessed fees starting at $3.00 per component. Recycling fees are based on the size of the item - Click here to see the generalized price list.

Links Related to Electronics Recycling

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Other Computer and Electronics Recycling Programs

The list below represents some of the opportunities to recycle electronics through existing retail and non-governmental locations. Please contact any location prior to dropping off material as their policies may have changed from what is listed below.

  • Best Buy offers electronic recycling services at all its stores nationwide. Best Buy accepts nearly everything electronic for free including TVs, computers, DVD players, monitors, cell phones, printers, stereos, etc. Televisions under 32" are accepted at the stores for free but TVs larger than 32" must be picked up by Best Buy for a fee, typically between $100 and $150. Best Buy won't take computer hard drives (please remove them first), appliances or anything containing freon, like refrigerators, air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Click here for more information. Drop off is available at customer service desks during normal business hours.
  • Apple - Click here for a link to information regarding the recycling opportunities provided by Apple, Inc.
  • Staples accepts some electronics for recycling at its stores for a fee. Click here to read about Staples electronics recycling program. In short, Staples accepts computers, laptops, monitors, hard drives, printers, cell phones, rechargeable batteries and toner cartridges. Staples does not accept televisions. Electronics cost $10/item to recycle except Dell products which are free. Drop off is at the customer service desk during regular hours but call the store first to verify. They also offer $2.00 in Staples Rewards for each toner cartridge dropped off for recycling.
  • Goodwill and Reconnect is a no-charge computer recycling program for consumers sponsored by Dell and Goodwill. The one Morris County location is at 226 Route 46 in Rockaway but they also have Springfield and Fairfield locations just outside of Morris County. Goodwill will accept computers and electronics for recycling but not TVs. They will accept TVs up to 25" as a donation for resale but they must be working and no older than 10 years old. Click here for more information.

Hazards Associated with Electronics (E-Waste)

  • Electronic equipment, appliances with printed circuit boards, may contain lead from solder, mercury in switches, lithium batteries, and heavy metals in the printed circuit boards.
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs), including televisions and computer monitors, contain approximately 5 to 8 pounds of lead per unit.
  • These items do not pose any health and safety risk while intact, but may if dismantled or improperly disposed.
     

Handling Electronics (E-Waste)

  • Store and handle in a manner that minimizes breakage, especially CRTs.
  • Do not attempt to dismantle CRTs without proper training, high voltage in the capacitor can discharge a lethal charge.