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Acceptable Materials

* TV's
* PC's
* Monitors
* Printers
* Fax Machines
* DVD, VCR's
* Any handheld devices
* Any other electronic items
* Cell phones are not considered an electronic item but Oconto Co. can recycle cell phones thru other programs. There are also other available locations for the proper recycling of cell phones.

Prepare for Discarding

Remove any personal data from hard drives or other storage devices
* Recycling fees apply to T.V's and P.C. monitors
* Cords need not be removed

Do Not Recycle

* There should be no electronic items that cannot be recycled. Contact the Oconto County Materials Recovery Facility for any items that you may question.

Benefits of Reuse/Recycling

What are the environmental benefits of reusing and recycling e-waste?
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture them. Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.

For example:
  • Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year.
  • One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the concentrations of gold ore mined in the US and 30-40 times the concentration of copper ore mined in the US.
What products can be made from the materials recovered by recycling cell phones?
Almost all of the materials used to manufacture a cell phone can be recovered to make new products. Metals, plastics, and rechargeable batteries from recycled cell phones are turned into new materials and products.

Cell phones contain a number of different metals gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin, and zinc that are recovered in the recycling process. The recovered metals are then used by a number of different industries such as jewelry, plating, electronics, automotive, and art foundries.

The plastics recovered from cell phones are recycled into plastic components for new electronic devices or other plastic products such as garden furniture, license plate frames, non-food containers, and replacement automotive parts.

When the rechargeable battery can no longer be reused, the battery can be recycled into other rechargeable battery products.