Your go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is waste that has a circuit board, a cathode ray tube (CRT), or contains heavy metals such as lead, cadmium or mercury are not permitted in the garbage because most of these items are hazardous waste.
Residents can recycle their electronics via the following methods:
Remove all personal data from your electronics before recycling them. Personal information may be saved on storage devices including internal and external hard drives, disks, CDs, DVDs, memory cards, and USB drives.
Some locations that accept electronics for recycling require that personal data be removed. Some recyclers provide data removal or data destruction service (some will charge an extra fee for data destruction). Disk cleaning utilities can also be purchased to clear your computer's hard drive.
Reduce the amount of electronic waste you create by considering:
If an electronic item you no longer use still works, try to re-gift the item, sell it, or donate it to a local organization. Ask if a local charity would like your items before donating. Donating electronics to a charity that can’t use them puts the burden of disposal onto them.