Eco-Cycle In Stone Changes Prices For Hard-to-recycle Electronic Devices

For the very firstvery first time in the 14-year history of Eco-Cycles Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (BEAUTY), costs are increasing on the disposal of some computer system devices, Televisions and small plastic appliances.

Costs on computer system screens and TVs are enhancing by $5 to $8, depending upon size, while charges to recycle laptop computers, tablets and computer system towers are being eliminated. All vehicles entering CHaRM will still be needed to pay a $3 facility fee.

The changes come as the expense to process such materials grows, even as the market for the resulting products diminishes around the globe.

Its an industry-wide change, stated BEAUTY director Dan Matsch.

Matsch stated electronic devices are the fastest-growing part of the waste stream, and considerable efforts are required to keep unsafe heavy metals such as lead and mercury out of landfills.

A 2013 Colorado law restricts the disposal of electronics into garbage dumps, stopping short of the efforts by 25 other states that require electronics manufacturers to get involvedtake part in a buy back program.

Some Stone County merchants accept electronics for recycling, such as Finest Buy, Staples and Office Depot, and some electronic devices producers participatetake part in voluntary mail-back programs.

Nearly 1 million pounds of materials are recycled at BEAUTY each year, which serves all Stone County.

However not everybody is bringing their electronics and home appliances to BEAUTY.