Electronic Waste Recycling
In accordance with California State law electronic waste or e-waste may not be disposed of in the trash. The MRWMD accepts free of charge at the Last Chance Mercantile: monitors, TVs, CPUs, cell phones, printers, fax and copy machines. Limit 5 CRTs per vehicle.
The goal of this program is to keep toxic material out of the Monterey Peninsula Landfill. Computer monitors and TVs with CRTs contain 5-8 lbs of lead as well as mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals and chemicals. Hazardous materials collected are disposed of safely, and plastic glass and metal components are recycled or reused. e-Recycling of California, the Bay Area recycler we send e-waste to, has achieved a 98% recycling rate for electronic items.
The District’s e-waste recycling drop-off is located behind the Last Chance Mercantile and can be dropped off during the Last Chance Mercantile hours. There are no fees to drop off electronics for recycling.
The following types of electronic items can be dropped off free of charge for recycling:
- Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Monitors, Computer Monitors and TVs are de-manufactured into recyclable components such as CRT glass, plastics (typically HIPS and ABS) metals, copper yokes, miscellaneous copper bearing material, and circuit boards. CRT glass is shipped to secondary processors for “glass to lead” or “glass to glass” recycling.
- Computers, hard drives, laptop computers, and circuit boards are de-manufactured and the components are separated into specific commodity types. Scrap metal is sold to a regional metal scrap market. Plastics are baled and sold to plastic recycling companies both domestic and export. Circuit boards are marketed directly to metal refiners in the United States, Canada and Europe.
- Computer peripherals, cables, and consumer electronics are separated into specific commodity types. Items such as toner, batteries, and inkjet printer cartridges are removed and properly recycled.
The District thoroughly screens the e-waste recyclers we utilize to ensure that they comply with the best environmental practices for e-waste recycling, material processing and full compliance with Basel Action Network e-waste recycling standards.