SWA: Recycle Old Electronics

Electronics have made our lives more convenient and enjoyable, but after they have outlived their usefulness or have been replaced, they can also harm the environment if they are tossed in the trash.

Instead of throwing them away, recycle them at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. Visit www.swa.org/electronics for specific information on how to do so.

Residents can bring any of these old or outdated electronics to one of seven Solid Waste Authority Home Chemical and Recycling Centers (www.swa.org/HCRC) to be recycled: audio/visual equipment, such as videocassette recorders, stereos, etc.; computer CPUs, monitors and peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.; televisions; and telecommunications equipment, such as phones, fax machines, etc.

Commercial quantity electronics may require special disposal. Call (561) 687-1100 for details on recycling electronics from a business.

Collected items are sorted by SWA staff and hauled away by a private contractor. Any useful components are recovered and reused when possible. Everything else is shredded and sorted into base materials, such as plastics, metals and glass to be recycled into new products.

The Solid Waste Authority is urging everyone to make their first New Year’s resolution for 2016 to be their best ever: “Recycle your old electronics.”

Learn more by visiting the SWA’s web site or calling (561) 697-2700.