The state of Indiana passed legislation that went into effect Jan. 1, 2011, prohibits households, public schools, and small businesses from mixing unwanted computer monitors, computers, televisions, printers, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mice), DVD players, video cassette recorders or fax machines with municipal waste that is intended for disposal at a landfill or by burning or incineration. This law can be found in Indiana Code 13-20.5.
The goal of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is to keep computers and other electronics (anything with a cord) out of landfills through reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. Many components of electronics are considered hazardous, including computer monitors and television screens. Electronics contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium that can be harmful if released into the environment. For more information on the hazards of electrics and the benefits of proper disposal and recycling, visit: http://escrapindiana.org/index.php?page=the-problem
Recycling of electronics ensures these materials are safely managed, and that valuable materials such as steel, glass, and plastic, as well as precious metals such as copper, gold, tin, silicon, and aluminum are reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products. Reusing and recycling raw materials from electronic waste conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution.
The Portage and Valparaiso street departments collect electronics at the curbs of their residents for recycling, a service available through their partnership with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County. Other waste haulers around the county will not pick up electronics from their customers; however, these residents have many convenient recycling opportunities available to them.
Items accepted include: computers, monitors, typewriters, copiers, PDAs, VCRs, fax machines, microwaves, scanners, gaming machines, and pretty much anything powered by electricity or batteries!
Besides electronics, residents can recycle other items at the compost sites:
The district owns and operates the Boone Grove compost site, while it partners with the Valparaiso Public Works Department to help manage the Valpo site and provide expanded recycling opportunities. Municipalities have also partnered with the district to create the following electronics drop-off sites:
These locations ONLY accept electronics, though, and it is best to call them to confirm their hours of operation.
Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Guidelines: These are DROP-OFF sites. Individuals dropping off electronics for recycling are responsible for taking their items from their vehicles and placing their items into designated bins. Contact the
DAO which recycles the electronics we collect.
We hold an annual collection event. Check to see if we are accepting electronics at our One Stop Drop so you can bring all of your materials to one single place.
Another place to recycle your electronics: www.bestbuy.com/recycling