Electronics waste or "E-waste" is the outdated and obsolete electronics that you no longer want, and it's a waste stream that's growing fast. Many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Reusing and recycling electronics keeps these toxic materials out of our landfills and also recovers valuable resources.
The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency offers free electronics recycling or "e-cycling" for most electronics to LINN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY at both of its locations. Businesses, and haulers transporting electronics for residential customers, should contact electronics processors directly.
Among the items accepted for recycling for no charge:
- Computer equipment - Towers, keyboards, laptops, mice, printers, scanners.
- Office equipment - Copy machines, cellular and land-line telephones, fax machines, calculators
- Audio/visual equipment - VCRs, DVD players, satellite dishes, stereos, MP3 players
- Gaming systems - Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, Vita, DS, and others.
What happens to my electronics?
After you drop off your e-waste, it is locally dismantled or "de-manufactured" into core components that are then used to manufacture new recycled goods. Such components include glass, plastic and circuit boards. The circuit boards themselves contain reusable metals such as copper, gold and silver.
Secure handling of data is available
If you're concerned about sensitive data, secure handling of data is also available. You can take the hard drive or other secure data components directly to the de-manufacturer to watch them being shredded. However, once an item is dropped off at the Solid Waste Agency's recycling center, it is handled securely. All data will be shredded (if machine is de-manufactured) or government level "wiped," if components can be recycled. We do not allow scavenging of electronics turned in for recycling.