Used electronics represent the fastest growing segment of the municipal waste stream and include electronic products such as cell phones, batteries, computers and monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, VCRs, DVRs, telephone handsets, microwaves, and other small consumer electronics.

We Should Not Trash Our Old Electronics
Some people toss out electronics because it's cheaper to buy new items rather than repair broken ones. However, throwing them in the trash is not the best option.

Toxic Materials
Electronics contain toxic materials and heavy metals such as lead, barium, mercury, beryllium, chromium, and cadmium. Electronics thrown into the trash that end up in the landfill can potentially leak these toxins into the soil and our groundwater supply causing environmental and health hazards.

Valuable Resources in Electronics
Electronics are also made with valuable resources, such as precious metals, engineered plastics, glass and other materials. We can recover these resources by recycling electronics.

Reuse Electronics
Many electronics can also be reused or refurbished. Working TVs, monitors, computers, and other consumer electronics can be sold or donated, extending their useful life.