Recycling old electronics after the holidays

Many electronis can't be thrown in landfill

Electronics are always a popular gift item during the holidays, with many people replacing old or outdated items with newer models.

However, many TVs, computers and cell phones include materials that can be hazardous if they aren’t disposed of correctly and shouldn’t be thrown in a landfill.

That’s why people are urged to recycle their old electronics, so those materials can be broken down and re-used.

“It really depends on the type of electronic that it is, it can have multiple different commodities,” said Jason Schott of Dynamic Recycling. “A lot of the circuit boards are taken down for the precious metal content, then you have your plastic and your ferrous and non-ferrous metals that get reintroduced as scrap metal to be used in new products.”

If you have an old piece of electronic equipment you’d like to get rid of, you can drop it off at the La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials facility on Highway 16 in La Crosse.

Disposing of some items may require a fee to cover processing costs.