Options available to recycle electronics

West Virginia
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If you are getting a new television or computer for Christmas this year, you may be wondering how you are going to get rid of the old one.

In 2011, the West Virginia Legislature made it illegal to dispose of covered electronic devices in landfills. But that rule was reversed in 2016.

“We will gladly accept your television unfortunately it costs us to be able to recycle it,” explained Kathy McKinley at Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley, Inc  
 
Places like Goodwill often receive hundreds of old televisions. They don’t sell the televisions in their stores and are left to foot the bill to pay to have them recycled. They have implemented a $25 surcharge to offset the expense. 

They also work with the Dell Reconnect program to recycle computers for free. 

These days most electronics manufacturers also have take back programs but they aren’t always free. 

West Virginia distributes grants to cities and counties for one time or on-going e-cycling programs. You can check with your county’s solid waste authority for upcoming electronics recycling events. 

To find out about other electronics recycling options in your community click HERE.

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