Recycle Your Old Electronics
We live in an electronic world. All around us there are electronic products ranging from small appliances and phones to computers, large televisions and stereo equipment. Constantly we find that there are new electronic devices that replace and make obsolete the electronics that we own. Why should you be concerned about this? How can old electronics be properly disposed of? What are the regulations related to disposal of electronics?
Electronic and electrical products may contain hazardous or toxic materials. These may not be harmful during normal operation; however, they create an environmental problem if they are put into the landfill. Computer monitors, televisions, circuit boards, and batteries can contain such hazardous materials as lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury and PCBs. Some devices contain relays or switches that contain mercury or cadmium.
Minnesota law prohibits households and businesses from disposing of most rechargeable batteries and all mercury-containing components in your garbage. Effective on July 1, 2005, all electronics with a CRT (such as televisions and computer monitors) will be banned from disposal as garbage in Minnesota. You may be liable for the waste even after it leaves your control. If you are identified as the source of an abandoned waste, you will be a responsible party in the cleanup. This means that you will need to recycle these materials or find another acceptable way to get rid of such unwanted electronics.
There are a number of ways that you can manage the unwanted electronics you have. One way is to manage the number and the type of electronics you have. When you purchase electronics, look for devices that have a reputation for quality and that will last. If you have electronics that you wish to get rid of, consider re-selling them or donating them. Some dealers or manufacturers have programs to accept old electronic equipment. Another option is to recycle your electronics through a proper e-waste collector. Costs for recycling are typically charged on a per item basis or per pound for bulk disposal with prices ranging from $0.30 to $0.50 per pound or more depending on the recycler.
Hopefully this article gives you a little more information about your responsibility with regards to proper disposal of electronic equipment. If you would like more information about this, the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (www.moea.state.mn.us) or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (www.pca.state.mn.us) has a number of articles on this matter and related subjects.
View items in the Recycling Center.
For more information visit the Compost Facility page.
The City contracts with Randy’s Environmental Services to provide residential garbage collection and disposal, and residential curbside recycling. Garbage containers are provided to residents to store garbage. Residents are billed according to the size trash can they choose for the residence (fees are volume-based). A truck that uses an automated arm is used to dump contents of garbage container. Recycling containers are available for residents to purchase to participate in the curbside recycling program.
A compost facility is available for City residents to drop off grass clippings, brush, and yard waste.
Should there be extra garbage that will not fit inside the can, you can place it beside the can and then receive a separate billing from the garbage company. Should this happen consistently, the City will arrange to provide you with the next larger size can at the higher monthly charge.
Placement of Garbage and Recycling Containers
When placing your containers out for pickup on your scheduled day, please do not to put the container in the street. This is an obstacle and can be hazardous for snow plow drivers in the winter months.
Accessibility to Containers
Clear a path 36″ (3 feet) wide from your garbage and recycling carts to the alley or street. Make sure they can be moved freely. If the trucks cannot easily access your containers, they cannot be emptied.
Be sure that your garbage and recycling carts are shoveled out the night before your collection day. If you are unable to shovel the path around your carts, you will need to hire someone to shovel for you. Check the local yellow pages under “Snow Removal Services,” or perhaps ask for a neighbor’s assistance.
For more information, please see City ordinance SEC. 3.20. RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL.
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