Recycle Those Old Electronics

County and city officials hope you'll e-cycle them, and you'll be helping out the environment at the same time.

Ksena Zipperer is like many of us this holiday season, out with the old and in with the new when it comes to electronic gadgets and gizmos, but what to do with that old TV or computer monitor?

Ksena says, “Haven't thought about it. Probably sell or give it away to someone who needs it."

But what if it’s broken or you can't find any takers? Leon County hopes you'll bring it to an electronic graveyard of sorts, otherwise known as the Electronic Recycling Center, and these guys aren't picky.

Adam Schlachter, Leon County Recycling Coordinator, says, "You know we kind of take everything, a little boom box, an actual CPU, console for the TVs."

Once your device gets dropped off at the recycling center, it's wrapped up and sent to another company who will see if it works or not. Working devices may get resold. The rest undergo a process to remove their hazardous materials and the remaining parts get recycled.

Slachter adds, "Most televisions or computer monitors contain lead. Also computers and other electronic devices contain other toxic materials, stuff that if improperly disposed as with anything that can be a pollutant, it can be bad for the environment."

After hearing that, Zipperer says e-cycling may be the way to go.

Zipperer says, "It's time to recycle or do something with it. I've had it for a long time."

For more information on how to e-cycle, call Leon County Recycling at 850-606-1802 or contact your local Waste Management facility.


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