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Welcome to the Vermont Electronics Recycling Program
Since 2011 Vermonters have been recycling instead of disposing of their electronic waste. The Vermont E-Cycles program provides FREE and convenient recycling of computers, monitors, televisions, printers and computer peripherals to residents, charities, school districts, and small businesses.
Why does Vermont have an E-Cycles program?
- Electronic devices contain toxic materials (including lead, mercury, and chromium) that should be managed responsibly as well as precious metals (such as gold) that should be recovered and recycled.
- Although electronic waste is a small component of all waste that is disposed, it is the fastest growing component of waste. Consider that in 1970, most households had only 1 TV and 0 computers. In 2008, 1.6 million pounds of electronics were recycled in Vermont. In 2015 the number climbed to more than 4.6 million pounds recycled!
LAW: Vermont’s landfill disposal requirements makes it illegal to dispose of several materials, including many electronic devices. The Vermont E-Cycles statute provides for free and convenient collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions for covered entities. The law has been in place since 2011.
WHO: 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.
WHAT: Computers (including tablets), monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions are accepted at every location for free.
Other electronics banned from disposal but not covered under the E-Cycles program include but aren’t limited to: game consoles, telephones, personal music players, VCRs, DVD players, and stereo equipment. These items aren’t necessarily accepted at all locations, and some locations charge a fee.
WHERE: Call ahead and let them know what your are bringing to avoid surprises. For a list of locations click here. Or contact your solid waste authority, such as your Solid Waste District, for a wealth of information.
DATA SECURITY: Are you worried about leaving data on your computer when recycling it? It’s up to you to remove any sensitive data from your computer before taking it to an E-Cycles collection location.
- If you would like to purchase data security services from an E-Cycles site, take a look at the list of data security providers around the state.
- If you’d like to do it yourself, there are two basic ways to destroy your data: physically break the hard drive disks, or permanently erase it using disk wiping software. Do a web search for “how to permanently erase a hard drive” or visit this article to find out more.
Contact Info and Resources
Karen Knaebel: (802) 522-5736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Webber, manufacturer and retailer contact: (802) 522-3658 or email@example.com
Find your local Solid Waste Entity at 802recycles
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management & Prevention Division, E-Cycles Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704
Vermont E-Cycles Program Hotline 1-855-6ECYCLE