Tossing old TVs, computers and cell phones in the trash may not seem like a big deal, but the five pounds of lead found in many TVs and computers becomes a big deal when it seeps its way into the ground via landfills. On January 1, 2011, a new electronics disposal law went into effect which prohibits Indiana households, schools and small businesses from disposing of electronics through regular trash collection. The law was approved by the General Assembly in 2009 as HB 1589 and signed into law that year by the governor.
Items covered in the new law include computer monitors, computers, printers, televisions, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mouses), DVD players, video cassette recorders and fax machines. If you’re unsure whether or not a certain device should go in the trash, a good rule of thumb is that if it has a circuit board it doesn’t belong in the regular trash.
Coined eCycling, disposing of electronic devices properly is no small issue. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans own approximately 24 electronic devices per household. Indiana has now joined the list of 20 states that have enacted eCycling legislation.
If you are unsure of your county’s eCycling options, check out the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s list of drop-off locations for all IN counties.