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Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to any discarded products with a battery or plug. If not properly disposed of, e-waste is devastating to the environment which makes recycling and recovery very important. When e-waste is placed into our landfills, the chemicals can leach into the soil, polluting the ground water as well as the air. E-waste represents only two percent of America's trash in landfills, however it is responsible for 70 percent of the overall toxic waste produced in landfills. Recycling e-waste helps conserve our natural resources and allows us to reclaim and recover materials from old electronics. By recycling e-waste we save energy, reduce pollution, save natural resources and create a positive impact on the environment and our community.

Check with your township or city to find out about special e-waste collections in your area.

Cell Phone Recycling

Computer Recycling

 Extension Cords

 Television Recycling 

EGLE Electronic Waste Takeback Program 

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Electronic Waste Takeback Program was established in 2008 as part of a law promoting electronic waste recycling. The law requires:

Manufacturers who are selling new TVs and computers in Michigan must:

  • Register with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Have an electronic recycling (takeback) program-free and convenient for households and small businesses (less than 10 employees)
  • Maintain a Web site and otherwise inform consumers how to recycle TVs and computers
  • Submit annual information about their takeback program (number of units collected, names of collection or recycling agencies involved)

Retailers must:

  • Sell ONLY new computers and TVs produced by registered manufacturers
  • Recyclers of TVs and computers must:
  • Register with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Comply with federal and state recycling laws
  • Annually report the amount of recycled material and the names and locations of recycling facilities under their direct control in Michigan who processed the recycled equipment.

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