Electronic Waste

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The laws and policies concerning the proper management of electronic devices (E-waste) are continuing to evolve. Currently, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s) found in computer monitors, televisions and other devices are considered to be a “Universal Waste.” Universal wastes are wastes that under normal circumstances do not present a significant risk to the user, but can pose a threat to the environment if disposed of into a solid waste landfill. On February 9, 2006, Consumer Electronic Devices (CED’s) will also be treated as Universal Wastes and recycled. By regulation, CEDs are defined as, “any electronic device, including but not limited to, computers, computer peripherals, telephones, answering machines, radios, stereo equipment, tape players/recorders, phonographs, video cassette players/recorders, compact disc players/recorders, calculators, and some appliances (excluding major appliances)". This definition only applies to devices that contain a toxic component.

Recent regulations have established a permanent funding system for the collection and recycling of CRTs. As of January 1, 2005, a nominal fee is collected at the point of sale for all CRTs. The funds collected are used for CRT recycling activities. The Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 also includes provisions for reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in electronic products sold in California and a directive to establish environmentally preferred purchasing criteria for state agency purchases of electronic equipment. For more information regarding the recent changes in E-waste legislature please visist Cal Recycle.Image of Computers

The California Integrated Waste Management Board and the Department of Toxic Substances Control are working with Earth Communications Office to promote eRecycle.org. The eRecyle.org is a partnership between government, manufacturers, retailers and the environmental community to provide guidance and information to consumers about recycling electronic waste. Their web site contains valuable e-waste information for consumers, retailers, manufacturers and recyclers.

Recycling Information

El Dorado County Environmental Management Department periodically hosts e-waste collection events as noted above. The events are open to all El Dorado County residents and small businesses. Schools and large businesses are encouraged to contact recyclers directly at to discuss e-waste recycling services. For a list of recyclers in the Sacramento region please refer to eRecycle.org's web site.

Electronic devices may also be dropped off at the following El Dorado County locations.  El Dorado Disposal currently does not charge a fee to accept and recycle e-waste. South Tahoe Refuse currently charges a nominal fee.

If you have any other questions regarding the proper disposal of E-waste, please contact our office in Placerville at (530) 621-5300 or in South Lake Tahoe at (530) 573-3450.

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