Electronic and universal waste contain a variety of toxic components like lead, cadmium and mercury, arsenic and flame retardants, and when dumped in a landfill, these materials can contaminate the soil and ground water, thus impacting surrounding areas.
Examples of electronic waste include: microwaves, T.V.’s, computer monitors and towers, cell phones, ipods, DVD players, stereos, etc.
Examples of universal waste include: used motor oil and filters, batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, SHARPS, etc.
Thanks to a special partnership between Recology Ashland and URT (Universal Recycling Technologies), electronics are accepted at the Recology Valley View Transfer Station free of charge!
In this free statewide program, Oregonians may drop off up to seven items per day. If you have more, contact our office and make arrangements ahead of time.
Computers, monitors, TV’s, printers, keyboards, mouse/mice, VCRs, FAXs, and DVD players. You can bring any kind of electronics – even stereos, blenders, microwaves, shavers, and electric toothbrushes. They will be responsibly regenerated back into raw materials for new products.
NOTE: If TV or monitors are cracked, place duct tape over crack. Place all pieces in a box and tape shut. Label box “Broken Screen” before bringing to the Transfer Station.
Fluorescents contain mercury and are prohibited from the trash. Residential customers can bring up to 3 fluorescent light tubes or compact fluorescent bulbs to the Ashland Recycling Center (Water Street) per visit. Commercial customers may take material to the Valley View Transfer Station.
Special thanks to the Conservation Commission for its generous contribution to help keep residential recycling of CFL’s free!
Keep in mind: Using one compact fluorescent bulb eliminates the need to burn 110 pounds of coal to generate electricity. It also prevents 450 pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from reaching the atmosphere and contributing to climate change (18seconds.org).