What to Know about Electronic Waste DisposalTalk to anyone who has tried to get rid of an old television. Even one that’s just a few years old. He or she will most definitely tell you that’s it’s downright frustrating. The local trash collector won’t accept it. No charity or thrift store will take it.
As more electronics recyclers open or expand their businesses in Florida, recycling is becoming more convenient and cheaper. Some businesses even buy unwanted computers and cell/smart phones for reuse or recycling. —Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionAbout 2 percent of all landfill content in the United States alone is electronic waste. But, e-waste represents an incredible 70 percent of all toxic material waste. Worldwide, 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste are disposed each year. Of that, approximately 9.4 million tons is produced by Americans. And, 12.5 percent of electronic waste is recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout the state of Florida, each county has protocols for either accepting electronics or provides its residents with information on how to dispose of them. Usually, the information contains lists of various recycling facilities and/or retailers which accept such items.
Electronic Waste Disposal Option in Kissimmee and BeyondUnlike ordinary household trash, when it comes to electronic waste disposal, appliances and hazardous materials, you can’t simply put it on the curb for pick up. So, here are the top electronic waste disposal options you can try out:
- Sell it. Yes, sell it. There are places which buy (for very little money), used electronics. While you won’t end up with a windfall, you’ll achieve your goal.
- Recycle it. One way to unload it is to take it to a recycling center. You can find a center at Earth911.com. However, you might have to pay a small fee. But, you’ll be free of it and won’t have to worry about it any longer.
- Give it away. There is probably at least one or two local repair shops in your area. These businesses repair computers, smartphones, DVD players and so on. Ask if any of your electronics are needed for their parts. You might be able to sell the electronics or give them away (so you don’t have to deal with it anymore).