Electronics

The following electronic items are banned from disposal: 

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    • Answering Machines;
    • Computers (CPU's, monitors, peripherals);
    • CRT containing devices;
    • Digital Converter boxes;
    • DVD players;
    • E-device power cords and chargers;
    • Electronic Game Consoles (xbox, playstations, gameboys, etc.);
    • Fax Machines;
    • PDA's, MP3's (& other personal e-devices);
    • Printers;
    • Stereo Equipment;
    • Telephones;
    • Televisions;
    • Wireless Phones; and
    • VCR's

The number of obsolete computers, cell phones, and televisions is quickly growing. In the US alone, 60 million computers will be deemed "obsolete" by their original owners within this year and next. The sheer volume plus the fact that these  devices contain toxic materials (i.e. lead, mercury, and chromium), makes landfill disposal or incineration a careless solid waste management practice. Recycling is the way to go.

The state of VT has banned certain e-waste from municipal solid waste disposal because landfills and incinerators are not designed to properly manage heavy metals. In addition, e-waste contain precious metals (i.e. gold). These metals should be recovered and recycled, not wasted.
 
To support electronic waste recycling, the state of VT is subsidizing the disposal of a few banned electronic items:

* Computer Systems (CPU's, monitors, printers, and peripherals -  
   mouse, keyboard, speakers, scanner, external hard drives);
* CRT containing devices;
* Televisions;
* E-device power cords and chargers;

Consumers, charities, school districts, and small businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals can use the E-Cycles program for free. Other individuals who bring in seven (7) or fewer devices can also recycle at no charge. Manufacturers have been paying for the e-waste collection and recycling program since July 1, 2011.

All items must be brought to a VT certified e-waste collection site. The certified collection sites in Windham County are: Dover Transfer Station, Jamaica Transfer Station, Whitingham Transfer Station, Winhall Transfer Station, Goodenough Rubbish Removal, and WSWMD Transfer Station on Old Ferry Rd. in Brattleboro.  Vermont residents can bring their e-waste to any certified collection site.

In addition, Windham Solid Waste Management District is accepting telephones (including cell phones), free of charge.