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SWA's December Household Hazardous Waste Tip: Do Good by Your Dead Devices

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Dec. 2, 2022 

Contact: Willie Puz, Public Affairs and Recycling, 561-640-8914 (o); 561-379-2405 (c) 

SWA’s December Household Hazardous Waste Tip: Do Good by Your Dead Devices 

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Black Friday is no match for Outmoded Machine Monday. 

If the holidays have you replacing that eight-track player, upgrading your ancient Atari, or stocking up on new televisions, computers or other electronics, don’t just stow those outdated devices in your garage or attic! Instead, recycle them at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. 

Accepted items include: 

  • Audio/visual equipment: VCRs, stereos, etc. 
  • Cell phones  
  • Computer CPUs and laptops 
  • Computer monitors 
  • Computer accessories: keyboards, mouse devices, printers, scanners, etc. 
  • Rechargeable batteries  
  • Televisions 
  • Telecommunications equipment: phones, fax machines, etc. 
  • Holiday lights 

Last year, Palm Beach County residents recycled more than 912,000 pounds of electronics. Not a bad encore for old or outdated items with a cord that could have wound up in a landfill. And, for the past few years, the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers have either recycled or safely disposed of about 4.9M pounds of household hazardous wastes. 

Palm Beach County Residents can bring all of their electronic items to any of the seven Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Home Chemical and Recycling Centers

Commercial quantity electronics may require special disposal. Call 561-687-1100 for details on recycling electronics from your business. 

Collected items are sorted by SWA staff and hauled away by a private contractor. Any useful components are recovered and reused when possible. Everything else is shredded, sorted by type and each material – plastics, metals and glass – is recycled into new products. 

By recycling electronics, you can help protect the health of your community, family and environment; reduce the pollution created by manufacturing new products; and reduce the energy needed to make those new products. For more information on electronics recycling, visit SWA.org/Electronics or call 561-687-1100. 

Remember, pollution prevention starts at home. A full list of household hazardous wastes can be found at SWA.org/HCRC or call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free) to learn more about the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. 

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