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Recycling your e-waste

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Recycling your e-waste
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Welcome to a typical day at an electronics recycling center, where a steady stream of people unload broken or outdated TVs, computers, CD players and so on.

"We offer a drop off service here so any individual or company can actually bring their electronics, anything with a power cord pretty much, come here and drop it off in our bins, no charge just come, drop it off and leave," said Jon Nappa of Bruin Recycling in Liverpool, N.Y.

Under the New York e-waste law, this authorized collection site is one of hundreds of drop-off locations around New York, which then sends the waste to a processing center.

Nappa said, "One of the biggest places is MPC in Philadelphia. They have a huge facility so we send equipment down there and they actually will take apart the TVs, the electronics and actually dispose of everything properly. Typically we ship up to 12 truck loads a month just in TVs and then there’s the other stuff we do, the LCDs and computers that we sell to other companies, so we’re slammed every day. You would think eventually the TVs would stop coming, but they just keep coming. These stacks of computers are basically the scrap computers that we can’t re-use. So these will actually get sent out and get torn down and recycled properly. Typically we get about 20 pallets of these every couple weeks."

The goal is to keep toxic elements like lead, cadmium and mercury, out of area landfills, but they also take in some unique items.

"We get a lot of weird things. We got (President) Obama’s camera from when he was a Senator, which we listed on eBay and it sold, even though it didn’t work," Nappa said.

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