Recycling Electronic Waste
And Missouri has few places to take your electronic waste. Alan Ketring has recycled his trash for years, but he's kept three old TVs and three computers in his garage because he didn't know where to recycle them.
"There's really no safe way just to throw it in the trash," he explained. "You really want to recycle it, certainly to remove all the toxic metals that are in the screens and things, and hopefully even recycle some of the electronic parts that might be reusable."
Federal law forces businesses to recycle their electronic waste, but no laws prevent people from dumping old electronics in landfills. Missouri's Department of Natural Resources estimated electronic waste is responsible for up to 70% of all heavy metals in U.S. landfills.
Mid-Missouri Recycling is one of the few places in the state that accepts electronics, and the company sends 26 tons of electronic parts to be recycled each month. Through this July, Mid-Missouri Recycling will let you bring in old electronics for free.
"Right now, it's just a trial basis, pretty much for the month of July, to see what kind of response we get from the public on this," said the company's Stan Fredrick.
You can take your waste to mid-Missouri recycling located at 6104 Brown Station Rd., Columbia, MO, 65202. You can contact them at (573) 474-3997.