Frequently Asked Questions About Decatur’s Electronics Recycling Day
Q: How often is electronics recycling available?
A: Twice a year, in spring and fall on a designated Saturday morning. Please check back for the updated Vehicle Traffic Plan before the event in order to ensure a short wait and a quick drop-off.
Q: Is this limited to people who live in Decatur?
A: No, anyone may participate, including businesses and institutions from the entire metro area.
Q: Can I drop things off a day early?
A: No. Saturday morning, as advertised, is the only time we can accept your electronics.
Q: What else can be recycled at this event?
A: Currently, we recycle electronics and batteries of all kinds. Check this web site shortly before each event to see what we are accepting.
Q: Why should I recycle electronics?
A: Computers, printers and other electronics contain potentially dangerous chemicals such as mercury and lead which can be toxic to living things and human health if allowed to leach into our ground water from a landfill. Precious metals can be extracted from some items, thus reducing the environmental destruction of mining.
Q: What kind of recyclables can I bring?
A: Desktop or Laptop computers , Telephones, Mini-towers, Telephony equipment, Adding machines, Monitors, Calculators, Servers, Typewriters, Workstations, Label makers, Keyboards, Copiers, Mice, Fax machines, Joystick game controllers, Answering machines, Printers, Printer cartridges, Digital cameras, Zip drives, Batteries, Speakers, PDAs, Pagers, VCRs, Hubs, DVD players, Routers, Cable converter boxes, Scanners, Remote controls, Digital projectors, Stereo equipment UPS units, Radios, Main frames, Portable CD players, Component parts, Portable game players, Cables, GPS receivers, 3-in-1 devices, printer/copier/fax machines. Other Items: Any kind of battery.
Q: Does this stuff need to be packaged?
A: No. It is easiest for us if the items are not boxed or bagged. If you want to go the extra mile, clip power cords and bring the cords and equipment.
Q: Is there anything I can’t bring?
A: We cannot recycle microwave ovens, furniture, light fixtures, household appliances, lamps, or vacuum cleaners. Please do not bring old paper owner’s manuals.
Q: Is this stuff really recycled?
A: Yes, we vet the companies that assist us to be sure everything is recycled. responsibly, without being dumped around the globe. Our main vendor states “Bionew USA Corporation will dismantle all of the materials received in the United States down to the bare component, be it plastic, metal, circuit boards, CRT tubes, and any other e-waste/scrap, then the materials are sent downstream for recycling. Bionew has a zero waste corporate policy ensuring that none of the material brought into our facilities for recycling will end up in a landfill either domestically or internationally.” Some items such as cell phones may be refurbished and re-used.
Q: Can someone read the data on my hard drive?
A: It is your responsibility to clean your hard drive with one of the programs available commercially or for free on the Internet. Owners should be aware that there are risks of private or other information being pulled from laptop drives, and that therefore the donor assumes such risks and waives all liability for any potential disclosure of private, personal, financial, etc. information that may be extracted from the laptop by third parties who end up with the laptop, etc.
Q: Is there a charge to drop things off?
A: There is a $10.00 cash only exact change only for Televisions.
Electronics Recycling Days are held in March and October.
For additional information call:
Solid Waste Superintendent