Recycling Electronics
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What to Recycle 

Below are the common electronics accepted for recycling. Always call and verify acceptance. Fees apply for some items, including tube televisions and CRT computer monitors.

Computer Televisions Copy Devices Mobile Devices Other
Laptops Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) Printers Cell Phones Ink Jet Cartridges
Desktop CPUs Monitors Flat-Panel Fax Machines Smartphones Power Cords
Keyboards Projection Scanners PDAs Rechargeable Batteries
Mice Monochrome Copiers Pagers  

Where to Recycle 

Choose an electronic recycler who uses best management practices. R2 or e-Stewards are certification programs that use third party verification to help recyclers conform to a set standard of privacy and environmental compliance.

St. Louis County Licensed Electronic Recyclers
Please call or visit websites to verify hours, accepted items and fees if applicable.

Phoenix Solutions
9728 Reavis Park Drive
Affton, MO 63123
877-898-6526 Work
Drop-off any time M-F 9:00AM to 4:00 PM

*Spectrum Ecycle Solutions
1521 Page Industrial Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

*MRC Recycling
11139 S. Town Square
St. Louis, MO 63123

Red Leaf IT Asset & Recycling Services
680 Crown Industries Court
Suite M
Chesterfield, MO

* Indicates a R2 or e-Steward certified business

In addition to taking electronics to a local recycler, retail locations that sell electronics may offer recycling. A little research may reveal programs that include rebates for some devices (smart phones, tablets, MP3 players, etc.).

Why Recycle Electronics 

When electronics are no longer useful, they become e-scrap. E-scrap is a growing concern as consumers continue to seek out the latest and greatest gadget. To reduce the amount of electronics entering the waste systems, follow these general guidelines:

  • Reduce e-scrap by making wise purchases. Low cost is not the only consideration if a unit cannot be upgraded or serviced if something goes wrong. Make sure a product will last more than one or two years and look into improving efficiency of existing electronics before pulling the plug.
  • Reuse devices by making them useful (adding memory, or using a television for a gaming system, etc). Consider donating electronics to schools, nursing homes or other non-profits. Your donation may be tax deductible. Always call to verify acceptance of items you wish to donate.
  • Recycle electronics at the end of their useful life. Here are a few reasons why you should:
Why Recycling Electonics

1.   Electronics contain precious resources that are wasted when buried in a landfill. For example the EPA reports recycling one million cell phones recovers 50 pounds of gold, 550 pounds of silver, 20 pounds of palladium, and 35,000 pounds of copper.

2.   Some components of electronics contain toxic and hazardous materials, especially old tube televisions and CRT computer monitors. One CRT can contain 5-8 pounds of lead!

3.   Recycling electronics creates local jobs. According to the coalition for American Electronics Recycling, every 172,000 pounds of electronics recycled creates one job directly, indirectly creates two additional jobs.

Why does it cost money to recycle my old TV? 

Older televisions and computer monitors utilize a visual display unit called a cathode ray tube (CRT). The CRT is a vacuum tube made of sealed glass that directs a beam of electrons (a cathode ray) toward the screen. Lead is used in a CRT to improve optical quality and to act as a shield against radiation generated by the electron beam. A CRT can easily contain five to eight pounds of hazardous lead.

CRT glass used to be recycled into new CRT’s. New technologies and the emergence of flat screen televisions and monitors has decreased available markets for CRT glass and the end-markets today charge fees to properly manage this hazardous component. Electronic recyclers pass the fee to manage CRTs on to the consumer. To avoid fees, residents should check with retail outlets that sell electronics before paying to recycle an old CRT. Many offer an electronic take back program at no charge to the consumer.

Missouri E-scrap Management Rule

Under the Electronics Scrap Management Rule, covered computer equipment requires the manufacturer to have a recovery plan that specifies how they will collect and recycle equipment at no cost to residents. Televisions are not covered by this rule. Details on the program can be found on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources E-scrap Management Rule website.

Businesses, Non-Profits, Schools 

Businesses, non-profits, schools, and public agencies in Missouri are required by law to properly manage certain discarded electronics. Reuse or recycling through a certified recycler will help ensure that your facility complies with the law. For additional information on the legal requirements, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Hazardous Waste Program, at 573-751-3176 or 800-361-4827.