Proper disposal of all things electronic

As much as you’d like to, it’s really not safe to just throw away old computers, network equipment, or any electronics like TVs, cell phones, and DVD players. These items contain toxic chemicals, like arsenic and mercury, that can harm the environment if disposed of improperly.

How do you dispose of these things properly? Check out these two tips:


This is the most environmentally friendly of the disposal methods. Find another use for your old equipment. For example, you might be able to use an old PC as a firewall, run a basic program like an older voicemail system, or make it a toy for your kids or grandkids to beat up.


April is Cuyahoga County's "Recycle Your Computer Month," during which residents can recycle home computer and cell phone equipment. Accepted items include CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, ink printer cartridges,  and cell phones and accessories.

Other electronics, including TVs, VCRs and DVDs, are not accepted. Donations are tax deductible with a receipt from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. For more information about the program, visit the Solid Waste District website at

Here are the drop-off locations and dates in our community:

  • Bay Village: 31300 Naigle Road. April 19-24; Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sat, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For questions, call 440-871-1221.
  • Westlake: 741 Bassett Road. April 12-17; Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sat, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. For questions, call 440-835-6432.

To find other local recycling and donation centers, visit or Some major retailers, like Best Buy and Dell, also offer recycling programs for computers and home electronics (usually for a fee).

Walter Ely is President/COO of System Care Inc. in Westlake.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:50 PM, 03.19.2010