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Electronic & Computer Waste (E-waste)

New Law Prohibits Landfill Disposal of Electronics in Colorado

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The “Electronic Recycling Jobs Act,” (SB12-133) prohibits the disposal of waste electronic devices (e-waste) in Colorado as of July 1, 2013. This new law affects consumers, waste haulers, transfer stations, and landfill operators throughout the state. Effective July 1, residents can no longer place computers and many other types of electronics at the curb, or in the waste bins, for collection and disposal. Instead consumers must deliver their electronic equipment to collection facilities or collection events for recycling. Haulers are prohibited from knowingly collecting electronics. Industry, businesses, government agencies, institutions and schools are already subject to restrictions on disposal of electronic wastes, by the Universal Waste Rule [Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations 6 CCR 1007-3 Part 273.]

Electronics that are Banned from Disposal

“Waste electronic devices”, as defined by the new law, include television sets, central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra books, net books, electronic tablets, digital video disc players, video cassette recorders and video display devices with a screen greater than four inches.

Environmental Hazards

Electronic devices contain a number of hazardous elements, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and silver. Computer batteries also may contain nickel- cadmium, lithium, or sealed lead acid. These constituents are not a concern when the equipment is in use, but they can migrate if disposed in a landfill, potentially contaminating groundwater and soil.

What is Boulder County Doing?

  • Electronics are no longer accepted for disposal at the Allenspark and Nederland Waste Transfer Stations & Recycling Drop-off Centers.
  • Collection events for electronics will be provided to the Allenspark and Nederland communities.
  • Resource Conservation Division held meetings with the companies in Boulder County who are engaged in managing electronic waste and the haulers who operate in Boulder County, so they are aware of and planning for the new disposal ban.
  • Templates prepared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have been modified for Boulder County and are available to the businesses and haulers for their use.

Recycling Options for Electronic & Computer Waste

*Certified (or downstream recycler is certified) Electronics Recycling Locations
Business  More Information Service Notes 
 1-800-GOT-JUNK? 720-502-3472 Pick-up Serves residents
 Cellular Recycler 303-258-8888 Ext. 3050 Drop-off Serves residents & businesses; cell phones & tablets
 Eco-Cycle's CHaRM 303-444-6634 Drop-off Serves residents & businesses
 Green Girl Recycling 303-442-7535 Pick-up Serves residents & businesses
 Staples Call local store Drop-off Serves residents
Western Disposal Services 303-444-2037 Drop-off Serves residents
 Wireless Alliance  303-543-7477 Other  Serves residents & businesses. Cell phones & accessories.
Information added as available    

*E-waste Recycler Certification: Certified electronics recyclers have demonstrated through audits and other means that they continually meet specific environmental standards and safely manage used electronics.

Other Recycling Options: Many local retailers also offer electronics recycling services. Be sure to ask how they manage end-of-life electronic equipment, where the equipment will be processed, if any components will be sent for disposal as solid waste or shipped overseas, and if they are R2 or e-Stewards certified. This information is important because of concerns about environmentally risky practices or failure to comply with applicable waste disposal regulations.
 
Disclaimer: The identification of companies, listed above, does not constitute endorsement, approval or recommendation of any kind and is provided for informational purposes only.

Boulder County Customized Information

Signs

   Electronic Waste Poster - You Are the Key 
 Printable to 11x17"
 Afiche 1 (Usted es la clave) - En Español
   Electronic Waste Poster - Keep Colorado Green 
 Printable to 11x17"
 Afiche 2 (Haga que Colorado sea ecologico - En Español
   Electronic Waste Attention Sign for Waste Facilities  
 Printable to 11x17", signage for waste haulers and facilities.
 Seyal de atencion - En Español

 

Fact Sheets & Brochures

Fact Sheets
 English   En Español
Electronic Waste Disposal Ban, Fact Sheet for Consumers  Ficha tecnica - Publico 
Electronic Waste Disposal Ban, Fact Sheet for Waste Haulers and Facilities  Ficha tecnica - instalaciones
Brochure - Electronic Waste, You Are the Key to a Greener Colorado   

Other Information

Other Information
 English  En Español
 Electronic Recycling Jobs Act - Talking Points  Temas de conversacion 

See complete information at: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste


Contacts

Resource Conservation Division

720-564-2220
720-564-2227 (fax)
Email
Resource Conservation Division

Boulder

Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

1901 63rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301

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