The Information Age has created a virtual tidal wave of electronic devices – including computers and monitors that become obsolete or wear out at an ever-increasing rate. The demand for newer, superior technology has increased the pace at which current devices reach the end of their useful lives. As a result, the question of what to do with obsolete electronics has become a global issue. Disposal is not the answer. Computers and other electronics need to be properly and responsibly handled.
If you have an outdated computer or two hiding in your closets, you’re not alone. With a constant supply of newer, faster electronic products on the market, Americans continually replace older models. As a result, electronics have become one of the fastest growing waste streams. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 2 million tons of computers and other electronics are disposed each year. Currently, only about 20 percent of these materials are recycled.
When you outgrow your computers, monitors, printers, televisions and other equipment, and pass them on to new users, that's reuse. Donating used (but still operating) electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste stream for a longer period of time. Reuse, in addition to being an environmentally preferable alternative, also benefits the community. By donating your used electronics, you allow schools, nonprofit organizations, and lower-income families to obtain equipment that they otherwise could not afford.
Before donating your computer or other electronics, make sure the equipment is reusable. Keep in mind that donation organizations have limited or in many cases no resources or employees to diagnose and/or repair hardware.
If donation for reuse is no longer practical, you can send your electronics for recycling. Electronic equipment can be recycled for recovery of metals, plastics, glass and other materials.
Residents may drop off obsolete electronics (including computers, monitors, printers, stereo equipment, and televisions) at either Volusia County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Collection points are at:
- Tomoka Farms Road Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange
- West Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. New York Ave., DeLand
Recycled electronics are not available for purchase or trade-in. Residents recycling desktop or laptop computers should first delete all personal information from the hard drive.
For more information, please call 386-943-7889.