Electronic Waste Recycling

Overview
Electronic waste or e-waste includes PCs, monitors, laptops, TVs, and other complex circuitry items that are at the end of useful life or no longer wanted. Electronic devices contain lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and other toxic materials. When discarded in the landfill, toxic substances from these devices can leach into the soil and groundwater.

E-Waste Regulations
Effective July 1, 2013, Colorado residents are no longer allowed to place electronic devices in the trash, under the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act (SB 133). Instead, e-waste must be taken to an e-waste recycling facility. Waste electronic devices included in the Act are: television sets, central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra books, net books, electronic tablets, digital video disc (DVD) players, video cassette recorders (VCRs), radios, stereos, video game consoles and video display devices with viewing screens greater than four inches diagonally.

An E-Waste Fact Sheet provides additional information about the act.

Disposal Options
  • Recycling - The following businesses provide convenient, local e-waste recycling services:
        
Recla Metals
136 S. Maple Ave.
Ph: 970-249-7922
Monitors / TVs not accepted

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1601 N. Townsend Ave.
Ph: 970-252-9304
Fee charged for monitors / TVs and large printers / copiers
Montrose County Landfill
67999 Landfill Road
Ph: 970-249-8078
$0.45 fee per pound

Office Depot
2201 S. Townsend Ave.
Ph: 970-240-3859
Fee for shipping box
  • Donate it - If an electronic item is still usable, consider donating it to a friend, neighbor, or charity that could put it to good use. Before donating electronics to a charity, be sure to confirm with them that they will accept the item.
  • Sell it - Selling electronic items frees up storage space around your home and puts money in your pocket. At the same time, it allows someone else to use the item without purchasing new equipment that will eventually add to the e-waste stream. Electronics tend to lose value quickly, the longer they are stored, the less they are worth.
  • Purchase wisely - Research electronic purchases and buy quality products that are more likely to last. Better quality translates into lower cost over the lifespan of the item and less e-waste.