E-waste: where and why you should recycle your old electronics

Posted at 4:41 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 05:26:53-05

GARDEN CITY — Every year, it's the latest and greatest of whatever electronic coming out, but the older versions aren't always properly disposed of.

Data shows in 2016, only 20% of electronic waste, E-waste, globally, was recycled. The Treasure Valley offers multiple electronic waste disposal events throughout the year. However, if but if you miss those, you can avoid the landfill by bringing them to The Reuseum.

"We are accepting all sorts of electronics," said Steven Rodoletz, executive director of Reuseum.

Electronics are at the heart of what makes this place go.

"Unloved, unwanted, unneeded computers and televisions, we'll take audio systems," said Rodoletz, "Many times, we can break them apart and use the component in workshops for children."

Batteries and other parts from printers, computers, help make robots and keep workshops lower cost.

"What we can use for the children we can recycle and use that valuable resource also to apply towards workshop for kids," said Rodoletz.

Thanks to the generosity of the public, their re-purposing has already made an impact on the environment.

"135,000 pounds of material in 2019 alone, and we're hoping to increase that for 2020," said Rodoletz.

The Reuseum cannot accept tube televisions or larger appliances like washing machines or refrigerators. You can also bring your electronics to Recycle Noise or the Pacific E-Recycling Center in Nampa.

To find E-waste take-back events in Canyon County, click here.