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Electronic Equipment Recycling
Yesterday's state-of-the-art computers and electronic equipment are today's obsolete items. When these items are no longer useful, they have nowhere to go but our landfills. However, keeping old electronics out of the solid waste stream is extremely important, from both a recycling and waste reduction standpoint.

Computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment contain useful recyclable materials, as well as elements that are hazardous and must not be landfilled or incinerated. Of the materials that can be put to good use after recovery are plastics, non-precious metals (i.e. steel, aluminum, and copper), wood, glass, and precious metals (i.e. gold). However, electronic equipment also often contains lead, cadmium, chromium, and occasionally mercury, all of which can adversely affect human health and the environment if not managed properly.

Pasco County was the first county in the State of Florida, and one of a handful of counties in the nation to implement an electronic equipment demanufacturing program. Despite the cost of demanufacturing, closing the recycling loop of computers and electronic equipment remains feasible and worthwhile, but challenging. Florida, like the rest of the country, lacks the demanufacturing infrastructure that can make the process economically rewarding. Revenues derived from selling materials recovered can only offset a very small portion of the costs associated with the equipment collection, transportation, and demanufacturing.* 

For example, tube style TVs and computer monitors make up the bulk of the electronic waste stream. Both are very problematic. The basic unit of TVs and monitors is called a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). CRT units consist of several sections, each of which contains a certain percentage of lead. The staff of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) estimated a total of 6,738 pounds of lead enters Florida’s solid waste stream annually, 41.9% of which was attributed to monitors and TV tubes.

*Note: An average CRT can cost $36 (or more) to recycle. To offset some of the expense of demanufacturing the more costly items, Pasco County does charge a nominal fee for recycling certain items:


 Recycling fee
     Item

 
$5
  • Televisions under 36 inches
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer towers
  • Laptops
 $10
  • Televisions 36 inches and greater.

 

Please bring your electronic equipment for recycling to our Electronic Recycling Center. 

WEST PASCO   EAST PASCO
West Pasco Class III Landfill
14606 Hays Rd.
Spring Hill, FL 34610
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  East Pasco Transfer Station
9626 Handcart Rd.
Dade City, FL 33535
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Facility hours are Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. with the exception of observed County holidays. 

For additional information, please call Pasco County Utilities at (813) 929-2755 ext.  6894.