Safely dispose of old computers, cell phones and other electronics year-round
If you recently acquired new electronic devices, then it might be time to recycle the outdated equipment that is collecting dust around your home or business.
The Columbia County Recycling Centers on William Few Parkway and at Riverside Park recycle electronics year-round. In addition, hard drives are removed and destroyed onsite free of charge.
Anything with a cord is accepted including cell phones, computers, CRT monitors, electronic game consoles, fax machines, laptops, LCD monitors, office equipment, printers, scanners, phones, rechargeable batteries, routers, servers and TVs.
There is a $5 cost to recycle CRT monitors and a fee of 30 cents per pound to recycle televisions.
Hours at the recycling centers are 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. The facilities are closed on Sunday and Monday.
• Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 homes in the United States a year.
• Americans throw out phones containing more than $60 million in gold and/or silver every year.
• For every million cell phones we recycle, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.