Electronic Waste Recycling
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.
Please see the Montrose Recycling Guide
for specific information about convenient, local e-waste recycling services.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, non-residential e-waste generators such as businesses, industry and public agencies are prohibited from disposing of e-waste at a landfill. Instead, they must use a legitimate electronics recycler for disposal services.
Alternatives to Disposal
- 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.