on Electronics: What Consumers Need to Know
Effective January 1, 2011, covered
electronic devices (CEDs) will be banned from WV Landfills.
CEDs include televisions, computers or video display devices
with a screen that is greater than four inches measured
diagonally. "Covered electronic device" does not include a
video display device that is part of a motor vehicle, or
that is contained within a household appliance or
commercial, industrial or medical equipment.
Is There an Alternative to
Yes. Consumers are urged to take advantage of local
electronic waste recyclers. Links can be found on this page
to your local recycling community through online recycling
directories published by a variety of sources. You can find
links to all these programs at the top of the page.
Earth 911 Recycling Directory
- Earth 911 provides statewide coverage, including
private sector recycling businesses, community based
programs offered through local governments and
non-profit organizations, national programs, including
those sponsored by manufacturers, non-profit programs
and others. Earth 911 is a good source for takeback
programs as well as drop-off and curbside programs;
West Virginia Recycling Directory
- Published by the West Virginia Department of Commerce
the directory has statewide coverage. Recycling options
can be searched for by specific materials or by county.
The Recycling Directory covers electronics recyclers as
well as other recycling programs;
Manufacturers Recycling Programs
- Many manufacturers have mail-in or other types of
recycling takeback programs that allow buyers to return
equipment at the end of the products useful life.
This type of
producer responsibility is a growing trend worldwide;
Pending Collection Events
- Periodically, your local solid waste authority, county
commission or other group may elect to hold a local
electronics recycling collection event. You can find a
link to a listing of upcoming collection events at the
top of the page.
Not all e-waste recyclers take all types of material. For
instance, the recycler who takes your old computer may not
be equipped to take a TV or a cell phone. Chances are that
you can find several recyclers within easy driving distance
of your home and you can find a place for all your old
electronics. If not, try one of the many mail-in recyclers
Bulky Goods Collection
West Virginians that subscribe to a garbage service are
entitled to receive pickup of oversize items once per month
from their garbage hauler. Waste haulers are currently
required to pick up televisions and computers under WV Code
the Public Service Commission’s Bulky Goods Rule. Contact
your waste hauler to find out what day they collect "bulky
goods" in your neighborhood.
If you have e-waste stored in the closet, basement or
garage, you are not alone. In 2007, Americans generated
about 232 million units of computer and TV related e-waste,
only 18% of which was recycled. It's estimated that 235
million more units are stored in our basements, closets and
garages. E-cycling is a better option than disposal because
it conserves natural resources, helps reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and helps protect our health and the environment.
Did you know that:
The EPA estimates that recycling 1
million computers prevents the release greenhouse gases
equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars;
According to the EPA, 40% of lead and
70% of other toxics found in landfills - including
mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants -
are from electronics.
link for a Consumer E-Waste Fact Sheet.
link for a Consumer E-Cycling Fact Sheet.
E-Waste Stakeholder Information
REAP E-Waste Programs
For information on
SB 398 and the landfill ban on electronics,
stakeholders meetings and general information on
e-waste planning and e-Cycling:
304-926-0448, e 1671
304-926-0448, e 1116
For information on the Covered Electronic Devices
Grant program, manufacture registration and
compliance, and general information on
304-926-0499, e 1004