SLC Green - Electronics Recycling

 

Electronics are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the United States. As technology improves, consumers are quickly upgrading their personal electronics. 

While some unwanted electronics can be donated and reused, the best alternative for those that have reached the end of their useful life is to recycle them. Recycling keeps toxic materials out of our landfills and helps to conserve natural resources.

 

E-Waste Recycling & Collection Sites

Salt Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
6030 West California Avenue (1400 South)
Monday - Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(385) 468-3862

Trans-Jordan Landfill: 10873 South Bacchus Hwy (7200 West ) South Jordan, UT

Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility: 1400 South 6030 West

Salt Lake County Public Utilties: 6960 S 604 W

Sandy City Public Works: 8775 S 700 W

West Valley Public Works (Monday - Thursday): 2805 S 3600 W

Collection sites are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Another option is to donate electronic waste to charities that can reuse them.  If you have further questions, call (385) 468-3862. Additional information. 

 

2014 Community Collection Events

Salt Lake City has scheduled a series of Saturday community collection events for electronic waste this summer. All events are from 8 a.m. to noon at the following Smith's Food & Drug locations:

  • May 17: 455 S 500 East
  • June 21: 876 E 800 South
  • July 19: 1174 W 600 North
  • August 16: 455 S 500 East

List of acceptable items (PDF)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What about reusing electronics?

If a computer is working, then it's still useful, right?  Although resale and reuse is sometimes an option, in most cases the current pace of technology causes electronics to become outdated rapidly.  Think carefully before donating your old electronic equipment.  If the receiving agency is not able to refurbish it, do they have the capability to dispose of electronic equipment or parts properly?
 

What about data security?

Data security is an on-going concern for many individuals and organizations.  Make sure the electronic recycling company you use completely dismantles your equipment and physically destroys your hard drive.  The recycler should present you with a Certificate of Destruction after your hard drive has been shredded.  "Wiping" your system may not get rid of your stored information completely.
 

Why recycle instead of landfill?

Electronics contain pollutants such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, phosphorous, lithium, and polycarbons. Electronics that are dumped in the trash often end up in landfills, where these substances can leach into the groundwater and soil. Flame retardant chemicals in computer plastics can release highly toxic
dioxins when burned in trash incinerators.
 

How are electronics recycled?

Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake County Health Department contracts with Metech Recycling to recycle electronic equipment. Metech’s process includes: disassembly, shredding of hard drives for data security, and recycling of glass, plastics, and metals such as aluminum, steel, copper, tin, and brass. Metech does not landfill hazardous waste material, nor do they export materials to countries that are not equipped to handle it safely. Metech is able to divert more than 95% of material from landfills and incinerators.
 

What can I recycle?

Televisions, computer monitors, hard drives, towers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, laptops, iPods, PDAs, VCRs, DVD players and stereos.
 

What about alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries?

Old alkaline batteries contain mostly salts that are not harmful.  The little metal they contain cannot be recovered for recycling very easily.  Using rechargeable batteries is a better option because it minimizes waste and they can easily be recycled.
 

What questions should I ask when donating or recycling my electronic equipment?

  • How do you dispose of material that can't be reused?  (Is it landfilled?  Who is the recycler?)
  • If recycled, is the hard drive physically destroyed or how do you ensure my information is non-retrievable?
  • Are any components exported?  Where?
  • Where is the hazardous material, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and other chemicals disposed of?
If you bring your equipment to the Salt Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Facility or any Salt Lake City-sponsored collection event, we've already asked these questions for you!