DEEP urges you to recycle unwanted electronics

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to drop off their unwanted computers, monitors, printers, televisions and other electronics at a local collection center for recycling under DEEP’s Electronics Recycling Program.

“Many people will be receiving new electronic devices as gifts this holiday season, from televisions to computers, cell phones and tablets and a wide array of other tech gadgets,” said Mark Latham, DEEP’s E-Waste Program Leader. “For those who have outdated electronics, residents are reminded Connecticut state law bans the disposal of electronic devices in the trash. The proper way to dispose of e-waste is via one of the recycling center located across the state or by donating the equipment to a needy charity. Recycling is one the easiest things people can do to help our environment, and this program has helped to keep millions of pounds of e-waste out of our landfills.”

DEEP’s 2017 annual status report on the electronics recycling program shows more than 100 million pounds of electronics have been recycled since 2011. Manufacturers of electronics are required to finance 100 percent of the recycling costs, meaning there is no charge to towns or residents.

Residents in our readership area can recycle electronics at their transfer stations, except for residents of Naugatuck, Oxford and Waterbury. Naugatuck and Oxford residents may take theirs to their recycling centers; Waterbury residents may take theirs to Take 2 Inc. at 295 S. Leonard St. For a list of all permanent recycling locations in the state, see the DEEP website.


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