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TVs, cell phones, computers, gaming systems, and other electronic devices
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Quick Tips:

  • Clear out personal information on your electronic devices (cell phones, printers, computers) before donating or recycling them.
  • Before recycling your electronics, see if you can donate or reuse it first. Contact local charities or refurbishers to find out where to bring your used electronics and what age and type of equipment they accept. Find a place near you.
  • To recycle your electronics, you can do so through a community program, or a local recycling facility Exit EPA.
  • Ask your electronics recycler if they are 3rd-party certified.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

Mercury-containing lamps
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Quick Tips:

  • Learn how to clean up a broken CFL.
  • Safely using and disposing of CFLs is very important to protecting our health and environment. Recycle spent CFLs to prevent mercury releases to the environment.
  • Communities, neighborhoods, and some retailers are offering CFL collection opportunities.
  • Requirements for CFL recycling vary by state. For more information about state specific requirements, please contact your state or local environmental regulatory agency.

Household Hazardous Waste

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Quick Tips:

  • Contact your local household hazardous waste collection facility for instructions on how to properly handle and safely dispose of harmful waste products and materials, such as empty aerosol paint cans, leftover paint and thinners, used solvents and paint chips, unused garden products like fertilizers and pesticides, and household chemicals.
  • Never mix HHW with other wastes or products as it may become unrecyclable. Incompatible products also might react, ignite, or explode.
  • Remember to follow any instructions on product labels for proper use, handling, storage, and disposal.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Waste

Used syringes, pills, and other medications
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Tips for Safely Disposing Medical and Pharmaceutical Waste:

  • Follow the label on your medications for disposal instructions--do not flush them down the toilet or drain unless the label says to. Check for any disposal requirements in your area.
  • Never place used needles in the trash in hotel rooms, on airplanes, or in public restrooms, where they could injure the cleaning staff or other people. Also do not flush used needles down the toilet or put needles in recycling containers. Check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for a list of needle disposal rules in your state, along with needle disposal programs near you.
  • Some pharmacies offer take-back programs for used needles and unwanted medication. Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for more information.

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