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Easy Ways to Properly Manage of E-Waste
Electronic waste – sometimes referred to as “e-waste” – is generated more often now in larger quantities than ever before, thanks to the constant desire to stay on top of ever-changing technology trends that seem to be updated by the minute. Defined by electronic devices that are broken, outdated or obsolete, electronic waste includes cell phones, laptops, desktop computers, monitors, televisions, printers, scanners, fax machines, circuit boards, PDAs, calculators and other electronic devices. The future of our environment depends on it.
It can be really hard to pass on the next best thing – just ask any Apple iPhone user. People who like to keep up with the most recent release of a certain device will simultaneously throw out their older model, even though it still works perfectly fine. Since not all electronic waste is broken, it’s possible to donate an electronic device that still functions. Chances are, someone out there in need will be pleased to receive an older, but completely functioning, device. After looking into charities and nonprofit organizations that accept donated electronic waste, schedule a time to have the item(s) dropped off or picked up.
e-Waste Management in New Jersey
Since 2007, New Jersey Law prohibits computers, cell phones, monitors, laptops, portable computers and televisions from going in the trash. Manufacturers are obligated to implement and finance the collection, transportation and recycling of covered electronic devices and offer such services at no cost to municipalities. New Jersey consumers and small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees, can recycle for free at the approved manufacturers collection sites. All computers, monitors, laptops, portable computers and televisions are accepted for free recycling. Please note that other electronic devices (keyboards, mice, printers, microwaves, etc.) are not included in this free program. Please check with your local collection site to determine if they will accept your other electronic device. Each manufacturer must ensure to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) that electronic devices are recycled in a manner that is in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances. Manufacturers must also ensure that these devices are not exported for disposal in a manner that poses a risk to the public health or the environment.
Where can I take my Electronic Waste?
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection maintains a listing of drop off locations at several electronics retailers. Please visit www.nj.gov/dep.dshw/ewaste/index.html or call 866-DEP-KNOW to find a location nearest you. Please call the retailer ahead of time to confirm this service is ongoing and applicable. In addition, you may also contact the manufacturer of your device as it is the responsibility of all manufacturers to set up a collection program. Please always remember that recycling of computers and televisions is required under State law.
Contact Bayshore Recycling for All of Your Recycling Needs
Bayshore Recycling is a New Jersey-based recycling center that prides itself on its commitment to sustainability with a , and corporate goal to improve and enhance our environment, one recycling service at a time. Bayshore is approved as a Large Quantity Handler of consumer electronics and can consolidate this material to approved facilities that take such devices apart for recycling. Comprised of six separate companies, Bayshore Recycling is readily available to the New Jersey’s tri-state region. We are more than happy to answer any of your questions regarding our recycling services and sustainability efforts, and invite prospective clients to inquire about electronic waste disposal. Contact Bayshore Recycling by calling our office at 732-738-6000, or fill out a form online to request a quote.