Indiana State Law Bans Electronics in Trash

Effective January 1, 2011, Indiana households, public schools, and small businesses will no longer be allowed to mix unwanted computer monitors, computers, televisions, printers, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mice), DVD players, video cassette recorders or fax machines with municipal waste that is intended for disposal at a landfill or intended for disposal by burning or incineration. This disposal prohibition can be found in Indiana Code 13-20.5.

Many components of electronics are considered hazardous, including computer monitors and television screens. Electronics contain several heavy metals such as hexavalent chromium, mercury, and lead. Although the regulations for computers from a household versus a business differ, the goal of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is to keep computers and other electronics out of landfills through reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling.

Source:  Recycle Indiana


Locations for Recycling Electronics

Everything from cell phones to computers needs to be disposed of properly instead of thrown away.  Electronics may contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury.  These materials, if buried in a landfill, can contaminate groundwater and cause serious health issues for people.  Instead of throwing electronics away, Carmel residents can properly dispose of  unwanted electronics at these locations:

  • Noblesville Household Hazardous Waste Center
    1717 Pleasant St., Noblesville   46060
    Recycle bins open 24/7
    Electronics accepted include:
    • Monitors
    • Computers/laptops
    • Keyboards/mice
    • Printers/fax machines
    • Televisions
    • Microwaves
    • DVD/VCR Players
    • Phones/ cell phones

Cell Phones and Accessories
  • Noblesville Household Hazardous Waste Center (above)
  • Office Depot
  • Best Buy Automated Electronics
  • AT&T, formerly Cingular
  • Cellular Connection
  • Crossroads Wireless
  • Everything Wireless
  • Staples
  • Sprint / Nextel
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Carmel High School Band Boosters collection @ Michael’s Restaurant
  • Many Carmel Schools including Prairie Trace, Smokey Row & West Clay Elementary Schools

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