Computers, TVs & Electronics - Household Waste Guide

Electronics Recycling

Kent County is committed to helping consumers find safe and convenient recycling programs for their electronics. Most electronics contain valuable materials such as copper, silver, gold and more hazardous components, all which can be recycled and should be kept out of landfills.

Kent County only works with electronics recyclers that are all licensed with the state and are either R2 or e-stewards certified. The EPA characterizes these extra certifications as verification that the program works to "maximize reuse and recycling, minimize exposure to human health or the environment, ensure safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require destruction of all data on used electronics." – US EPA Website, "Certification Programs for Electronics Recyclers"

Update on Television Recycling

In early 2015 Kent County will charge a fee for recycling televisions (rates still to be determined). This fee will help pay for the expensive recycling of the hazardous materials in older television sets, which use to be paid for by the manufactures who sold them.

By law the State of Michigan requires that manufacturers who are selling new televisions and computers in Michigan must "Have an electronic recycling (take-back) program-free and convenient for households and small businesses" – Michigan DEQ Website "Electronic Waste Takeback Program"

Previously to meet this requirement, manufactures compensated those organizations who collected televisions to be responsibly recycled, but they have recently reduced the amount of money they are spending in Michigan to support the recycling of their products. Until the State of Michigan holds manufactures accountable it is the recyclers that have to pay for televisions and computer monitors to be recycled.

It is expensive to properly recycle the older style CRT or "tube" televisions because they contain leaded glass. This glass is a danger to the environment and human health if not properly handled. In order for our partner Comprenew to recycle these materials in a manner that is safe for workers and the environment they have had to start charging to accept televisions, including those collected by Kent County.

It is our goal not to see televisions end up in landfills or dumped, but Kent County and cannot absorb the entire cost of recycling these televisions. For this reason we are sharing the cost of disposal with Kent County residents until these issues with the State of Michigan and manufactures are fixed.

For more information:

Electronics Recycling Options

  Company Location Phone

Information

Kent County Recycling
& Education Center
977 Wealthy SW
Grand Rapids
616.336.2467 Open Mon - Fri
7:30am - 4pm

There is no cost for individuals to recycle the following items at this facility:
LIMIT 3 TVs PER RESIDENT

Circuit boards, Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Main Frames, Tablets), Docking stations, routers, Hard Drives Internal, external disk drives, Keyboards and mice, Modems Monitors (flat screens and CRTs, any size), Networking equipment, PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones), Power cords, cables, wires, Printers, scanners, Ram/Memory, Servers, server racks, Speakers, Tape back-ups, UPS Battery back-ups, Air cleaners, humidifiers, Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lithium-Ion, Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride, Zinc, Oxide, Mercury Lead Acid, Etc.), Cellular telephones, Copiers, DVD players and VCRs, Fax machines, Gaming systems, GPS Units, iPods, MP3 players, Ink and toner cartridges, Microwaves, Medical Equipment (non-hazardous), Power tools (electric only), Projectors, Radios, stereos and CD players, Telephone Systems, answering machines, Televisions (intact, compete TV sets only please), Various media (floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, VHS tapes, movie reels), miscellaneous small appliances (coffee pot, blender, alarm clock, iron, curling iron, etc.)

Does not accept: large appliances or those containing Freon or another refrigerant (dehumidifier, air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer) See disposal options for these items here)

North Kent Recycle
& Transfer Station
2908 Ten Mile Rd
Rockford
616.877.4192
Open Mon - Sat
7:30am - 5pm

There is no cost for individuals to recycle the following items at this facility:
LIMIT 3 TVs PER RESIDENT

Circuit boards, Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Main Frames, Tablets), Docking stations, routers, Hard Drives Internal, external disk drives, Keyboards and mice, Modems Monitors (flat screens and CRTs, any size), Networking equipment, PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones), Power cords, cables, wires, Printers, scanners, Ram/Memory, Servers, server racks, Speakers, Tape back-ups, UPS Battery back-ups, Air cleaners, humidifiers, Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lithium-Ion, Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride, Zinc, Oxide, Mercury Lead Acid, Etc.), Cellular telephones, Copiers, DVD players and VCRs, Fax machines, Gaming systems, GPS Units, iPods, MP3 players, Ink and toner cartridges, Microwaves, Medical Equipment (non-hazardous), Power tools (electric only), Projectors, Radios, stereos and CD players, Telephone Systems, answering machines, Televisions (intact, compete TV sets only please), Various media (floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, VHS tapes, movie reels), miscellaneous small appliances (coffee pot, blender, alarm clock, iron, curling iron, etc.)

Does not accept: large appliances or those containing Freon or another refrigerant (dehumidifier, air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer) See disposal options for these items here)

South Kent Landfill 10300 South Kent Drive SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
616.877.4092

Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5pm
Sat 7:30am - 3:30pm

There is no cost for individuals to recycle the following items at this facility:
LIMIT 3 TVs PER RESIDENT

Circuit boards, Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Main Frames, Tablets), Docking stations, routers, Hard Drives Internal, external disk drives, Keyboards and mice, Modems Monitors (flat screens and CRTs, any size), Networking equipment, PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones), Power cords, cables, wires, Printers, scanners, Ram/Memory, Servers, server racks, Speakers, Tape back-ups, UPS Battery back-ups, Air cleaners, humidifiers, Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lithium-Ion, Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride, Zinc, Oxide, Mercury Lead Acid, Etc.), Cellular telephones, Copiers, DVD players and VCRs, Fax machines, Gaming systems, GPS Units, iPods, MP3 players, Ink and toner cartridges, Microwaves, Medical Equipment (non-hazardous), Power tools (electric only), Projectors, Radios, stereos and CD players, Telephone Systems, answering machines, Televisions (intact, compete TV sets only please), Various media (floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, VHS tapes, movie reels), miscellaneous small appliances (coffee pot, blender, alarm clock, iron, curling iron, etc.)

Does not accept: large appliances or those containing Freon or another refrigerant (dehumidifier, air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer) See disposal options for these items here)

Goodwill Retail
& Donation Centers
    Free program for consumers to reuse and recycle unwanted electronics. Bring your unwanted new or used technology to any local Goodwill store or donation center (listed below), and Goodwill will refurbish or recycle the equipment. Note: remove all data from your hard drive before donating.
icon Alternative Community Training     Employs more than 55 employees who erase and repackage donated videocassettes and floppy disks at ACT's headquarters and production floor.
icon GreenDisk   800.305.DISK Technotrash Pack-IT service
Comprenew

629 Ionia Avenue
Grand Rapids

1454 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids

616.451.4480


616.243.5310

There is no cost for individuals to recycle the following items at this facility:
Circuit boards, Computers (Desktops, Laptops, Main Frames, Tablets), Docking stations, routers, Hard Drives Internal, external disk drives, Keyboards and mice, Modems Monitors (flat screens and CRTs, any size), Networking equipment, PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones), Power cords, cables, wires, Printers, scanners, Ram/Memory, Servers, server racks, Speakers, Tape back-ups, UPS Battery back-ups, Air cleaners, humidifiers, Batteries (Alkaline, Lithium, Lithium-Ion, Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride, Zinc, Oxide, Mercury Lead Acid, Etc.), Cellular telephones, Copiers, DVD players and VCRs, Fax machines, Gaming systems, GPS Units, iPods, MP3 players, Ink and toner cartridges, Microwaves, Medical Equipment (non-hazardous), Power tools (electric only), Projectors, Radios, stereos and CD players, Telephone Systems, answering machines, Televisions (intact, compete TV sets only please), Various media (floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, memory sticks, VHS tapes, movie reels), miscellaneous small appliances (coffee pot, blender, alarm clock, iron, curling iron, etc.)

Does not accept: large appliances or those containing Freon or another refrigerant (dehumidifier, air conditioner, refrigerator, freezer) See disposal options for these items here)

Valley City Electronic Recycling

2929 32nd Street
Kentwood 49512

616.855.1090
 
icon In The Image 1823 Division S.
Grand Rapids
616.456.6150 In The Image links gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances with families in need in a manner that enhances dignity, embraces choice & encourages participation and builds a community of diversity. *Please note: Electronics must be in good working condition.
icon CellPhoneBank.org   866.290.7864 The 911 Cell Phone Bank was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 emergency cell phones and funds to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victims services agencies.
 
Staples Staples makes it easy for customers to recycle e–waste by simply bringing their used computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all–in–ones to any U.S. Staples store. They also have options for for recycling ink and toner cartridges, cell phones and other personal electronics, and rechargeable batteries. See their website or stores for details.
Office Depot Office Depot stores across the country are now offering a low cost recycling service for consumer electronics including everything from your computer to your digital camera and small televisions that will fit in the box. See their website or stores for details.
RadioShack The RadioShack Online Trade-In Program allows customers to exchange used, portable electronics for a RadioShack gift card.
Sams Club EcoNEW allows anyone to redeem their unwanted electronics for a Sam’s Club gift card, the value of which is determined by the quantity and quality of electronics traded in. The program accepts most consumer electronics and office equipment. Program officials stated that all electronics collected will be processed domestically, with a no-landfill guarantee. Items will be evaluated for re-use or re-sale before being disassembled for recycling.
Best Buy Free recycling drop-off kiosks just inside the door of every single U.S. Best Buy store, are available for consumers to drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost. Best Buy hosts and/or sponsors a series of weekend recycling events at its store parking lots across the U.S.
icon Verizon Wireless

Accepts cell phones and tablets of any make and model from any carrier. You can receive a Verizon Wireless Virtual Gift Card if your device qualifies, or you can donate it to HopeLine® from Verizon, a program that provides support to victims and survivors of domestic violence.