Why can’t electronics go to the landfill with other waste?
The parts of our electronic devices that the average Californian sees don’t seem that daunting. From the black boxes of a desktop computer to the small plastic and glass exteriors of old cell phones, our electronics doesn’t appear complicated or dangerous. However, the small heavy metal parts inside make our electronics a big threat to our health if they are allowed to break down into our soil, air, and water.
Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, and Nickel, just to name a few, are heavy metals that all have very serious health effects and are found in most electronic devices. Cancer, skin diseases, nerve damage, kidney damage, lung diseases, and liver damage can all occur with exposure to these metals.
It is imperative that all electronic devices are recycled properly so that these dangerous chemicals do not enter our environment and poison our families and community.Disposing of any electronic in your regular garbage or recycling can is illegal. However, there are options to get rid of your old electronics.
The Madera County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Fairmead Landfill, is open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and accepts your electronic waste for free!
Many thrift stores and donations locations will accept your working, but no longer needed electronics. Be sure to call first, and make sure they accept your unique item!