ELECTRONIC WASTE BANNED FROM DISPOSAL IN VERMONT- As of January 1, 2011, it is illegal for households and businesses to dispose of many electronic devices. Beginning July 1, 2011, electronics manufacturers must provide FREE and convenient collection of computers, laptops, TVs, printers, monitors, and peripherals (keyboard, mice, etc.) from households, charities, school districts, and businesses with up to 10 employees. In addition, if seven or fewer of the above electrical devices are delivered to a collector, they will be considered coming from a covered entity and will be accepted for free. The 2012 Legislative session allowed for changes in the law to further clarify implementation of the law. The changes became effective July 1, 2012. Other electronic waste must also be recycled, but there may be a fee. Why is there a fee?
- Because recycling costs money--all the collection,
transportation, demanufacturing, and material recovery that goes
into it--we have to charge something to help offset the cost.
- We try to keep the cost nearly as low as the cost for trashing
Waste Electronic Devices Fact Sheet (updated July 2012)
E-Cycles Poster Printable 8½" x 11"
Collection Location Poster
Disposal Ban Poster
Retail Location Poster
Data Security Poster
Blank Outreach Template (Poster)
MERCURY BANNED FROM
DISPOSAL IN VERMONT LANDFILLS - As of July 1,
2007, it is illegal to dispose of mercury or products containing mercury
(whether they are labelled or not) in Vermont landfills. This includes, but is
not limited to, fluorescent bulbs and mercury containing lamps, laptops, mercury
thermometers, mercury thermostats, all flat panel screens (example: computer
monitors) or any other mercury containing device. Fluorescent lamps and
electronic devices (computers, hand-held devices) (electronics
collection) are collected at your local transfer
station/recycling center for proper collection, recycling, and/or disposal
(there are disposal fees in place at each transfer station/recycling center for
these items). All other mercury containing products can be taken to
the household hazardous waste collection events. or
taken to the RCSWD hazardous
waste depot during normal operating hours. There is no charge to residents for
household hazardous waste collection and disposal. Businesses will pay a nominal
disposal fee. Visit mercvt.org for detailed information.
Information on universal waste and mercury containing lamps.
The Story of Stuff project has released an excellent new 7-minute film, the Story of Electronics.
||Computers and other home and business electronics can
help us out in a lot of ways. But the materials they are
made from can poison the environment if they're thrown in the trash
or handled improperly once their useful life is
COMPUTERS contain aluminum, lead and many other hazardous materials,
|Computers and other home and business
electronics can help us out in a lot of ways. But the
materials they are made from can poison the environment if they're
thrown in the trash or handled improperly once their useful life is
|One average television screen contains four to
eight pounds of lead. Both lead and mercury damage human nervous
Children are most at risk, as even low levels of
exposure can cause developmental problems.
THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN
|When it's time to get rid of your
old computer, television or other home electronics, don't throw them
in the trash. Most of the SWAC towns have computer/electronic
collection boxes located at a transfer station or recycling center. Contact your town office for further
details and recycling fees. Electronics can also be brought to any registered collection facility in Vermont.
|What happens to the electronics?
- Some get refurbished. Some parts will be removed to be reused.
The rest will be broken down into each different constituent
(black plastic, white plastic, copper, glass, leaded glass, wire,
circuit boards for, precious metals, etc.) and recycled.
Solid Waste District
Guide to Recyling Appliances
Product Stewardship Institute
2009 Free Electronics Collection Event
2010 Free Electronics Collection Event Synopsis