Electronic products are everywhere and most contain some hazardous materials. Computers, televisions, stereo equipment, cell phones and other electronic products eventually wear out or become obsolete and need to be disposed of properly. Finding a safe and environmentally friendly method of disposal is the challenge we all face. Here are some common electronic products that contain hazardous materials:
- Computer monitors and televisions contain leaded glass and cathode ray tubes (CRTs).
- Printed circuit boards contain lead, chromium, cadmium and sometimes mercury.
- Batteries contain lead, mercury and cadmium.
- Electronic switches, lighting devices and flat screen displays contain mercury.
- Older televisions, electrical appliances and computers contain PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
Electronics Recycling Opportunities
Disclaimer: The Division of Waste Management (DWM) does not endorse any recycling business or organization. Rather, the DWM wishes to provide a list of known electronics scrap (e-scrap) recyclers operating in Kentucky.
Click here for a list of electronics recyclers operating in Kentucky. This list may be incomplete. Contact your local solid waste coordinator for more information on recycling e-scrap. Be sure to call ahead to determine what types of materials and components are accepted and if there are any fees associated for the recycling service.