Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
GARBAGE & RECYCLING

Banned Items:

Electronics Recycling

 

TVsAlthough the use of electronic devices like computers and TVs enhances our lives, they can pose a big problem when they no longer work. Electronic equipment contains significant amounts of many hazardous substances like arsenic, lead, mercury, vinyl chloride, benzene, PCBs, cadmium, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

These substances are not safe to place in landfills. WLSSD has banned electronic waste from disposal in the trash. In 2006, the State of Minnesota also specifically banned cathode ray tubes from disposal in trash.

MN State Statute 115A.9565

Effective July 1, 2006, a person may not place in mixed municipal solid waste an electronic product containing a cathode-ray tube. A Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT) is the display device used in most computer monitors and televisions.

So where do I recycle my TVs, computers and other electronics?

The WLSSD Materials Recovery Center accepts some small electronics from residents for free and others for $2 to $10 each.

Item to recycle at the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center Residential Price
Small Electronic: Keyboard, Mouse, Digital Camera, Rechargeable Battery, Cell Phone FREE

CPU (computer tower), Laptop, Printer, Scanner, Fax Machine, Video Player (VCR, DVD player, DVR, etc.)

$2 each
Video Equipment with screen 7" or larger, TV or Monitor up to 19" $5 each
Standard or Flat Screen TV or Monitor over 19" $7 each
Console TV or Projection TV over 40" $10 each

There are also several other local businesses that recycle electronics for a fee. Additional information about local and national electronic recycling opportunities can be found at the http://earth911.com/recycling/large-electronics/ website.

What can I do to ensure that my private data is not recoverable from old computers?

When donating or recycling a computer, it is important to take a few steps to protect your private information. The hard disk should be reformatted, overwritten or physically destroyed before getting rid of a computer you no longer need. For more information, download this instruction sheet (PDF).

Is my old (analog) TV obsolete now that digital broadcasts have begun?

No. Older televisions are still usable after the 2009 switch to digital broadcast signal IF they have been fitted with a converter box OR you subscribe to cable or satellite service. Those televisions do not need to become waste. For more information about the broadcast changes, visit www.dtv.gov.

What if I have old business electronics?

The WLSSD Materials Recovery Center is also available to businesses for small amounts of electronics that were used in daily operations (such as a computer at an accounting firm or a TV from a lunchroom).  Businesses that sell or repair electronics are required to use one of the other recycling services listed below or another large volume recycling service.

Item to recycle at the WLSSD Materials Recovery Center Business Price
Small Electronic: Keyboard, Mouse, Digital Camera, Rechargeable Battery, Cell Phone FREE

CPU (computer tower), Laptop, Printer, Scanner, Fax Machine, Video Player (VCR, DVD player, DVR, etc.)

$5 each
Video Equipment with screen 7" or larger, any size TV or Monitor $10 each

For Minnesota state rules regarding electronic business waste, see this MPCA E-waste Fact Sheet.

Electronics Recyclers

Following is a listing of local area e-waste collectors or recyclers registered and in compliance with either the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Contact them directly for program details:

John's Twin Ports Recycling
2220 W Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55807
218-727-3185
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Balcum Appliance
724 N 8th Street
Superior, WI 54880
715-392-4808
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Afterlife Electronics Graveyard, Inc.
915 John Avenue
Superior, WI 54880
218-940-9274
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WLSSD Materials Recovery Center
4587 Ridgeview Road
Duluth, MN 55803
218-722-0761
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Carlton County Transfer Station
1950 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718
218-879-9089
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Waste Management Recycle America,
eCycling Services

1425 Oakes Avenue
Superior, WI 54880
715-394-2174
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Best Buy also has a program to recycle electronics at the Duluth store or to arrange for haul-away or pickup services.
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