Mesa County: No More Electronics in Landfill

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

It used to be your old computer monitor or TV might end up in the Mesa County Landfill but that's about to change.

"Residents and businesses of Mesa County will no longer be able to dispose of their electronic waste directly into the landfill," says Cameron Garcia with the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Facility. Starting March 1st the county will start their "e–cycle" program.
Garcia says, "A lot of this material has lead, mercury, cadmium in it which potentially can be harmful to the environment." Which means you will have to recycle those unwanted electronics.

Steven Foss with Grand Junction Curbside Recycling says its things like these; "Monitors, scanners, cell phones, printers, television sets, which I suspect will be a big one around here before long." And there are fees to recycle those. "The fees reflect what it costs to transport the material to a de–manufacturer," says Foss.

To recycle a computer monitor at GJCRI it costs a flat fee of $12, but at the Mesa County Hazardous waste facility they charge by the pound. A 26 pound monitor at 42 cents a pound costs about $10.92 to recycle. At Waste Management they also charge a flat rate of 12 dollars.

Of course different electronics carry different fees. Sammie Baratta with Lifespan Technology Recycling says the state will look over the topic in January. "To address why it costs money, to help the manufacturers be more responsible to help cover some of those costs," says Baratta.

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  • by mike Location: grand junction on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    Demanufacturing of electronics is a great idea, however, most people think that they shouldn't have to pay to throw it away. Actually most people that I talk with want to sell or trade in this junk for a discount on a new one. So untill people get on the green wagon I guess we will have to pay people to remove it from the desert or from dumpsters.
  • by Carrie Location: Grand Junction on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    There are businesses in Denver who do not charge for recycling.
  • by Carla Location: Clifton on Jan 14, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    Now how many TV's and Computers will we see dumped in the desert?
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