Mid Michigan Waste Authority offers free electronics recycling as part of its annual household hazardous special waste collection program. Please call the MMWA office at (989) 781-9555 for dates and details or check here for the latest information.
Did You Know?
Americans own approximately 24 devices per household according to the Consumer Electronics Association. U.S. landfills receive more than 2.4 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) each year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Most electronics contain valuable metals that can be recovered through a special drop off recycling program. Residents wishing to recycle their televisions, monitors, computers, laptops, scanners, keyboards, mice, cell phones, hard drives, tablets, printers, fax machines, servers, optical drivers, and misc. cables and cords can bring them to MMWA’s Household Hazardous Special Waste Drop Off events which include electronics recycling.
Acceptable Materials: Televisions, computers, monitors, hard drives, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, fax machines, scanners, phones, tablets, miscellaneous cables and cords.
Unacceptable Materials: Electronics that are not TV or computer related. Do not bring CRT tubes removed from television, vacuum cleaners, toasters, radios, satellite dishes, and small appliances.
To schedule an appointment to drop off your e-waste go here.
Other electronics can be recycled through local e-waste companies and at retail locations. Best Buy and Staples allow customers to drop off items in store, call ahead for program details.
While we encourage people to recycle their e-waste, most electronics can be placed curbside to be collected as trash. However, residents should be cautious about putting anything to the curb that may contain personal information, like hard drives. Items not contained in a can or a bag will be considered a bulky item, and households are allowed up to two bulky items per week. You can find information regarding bulk items here.