When is our next electronics recycling event?
We have postponed our annual event in 2020 due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 until September 2021. If you prefer not to wait, try Nebraska Electronics Recycling & Disposal in Norfolk. Call first at 402-750-6093 to confirm what they will take and if there are any fees.
Electronics Recycling Recap for 2019
Our incredible thanks to everyone involved with our 7th annual electronics recycling event on September 14, 2019. We will get final numbers next week on pounds collected, but below are some quick stats:
- 17,000 pounds of electronics, including 12,000 pounds of TVs and CRTs
- 110 households and 10 businesses served
- $2,900 in donations and fees raised to support our Zero Waste programs, up 20% from last year
- 60 tube TVs, 37 tube monitors, 10 microwaves
- 45 volunteers contributed 60 hours, including 31 WSC student-athletes, 3 coaches and 11 Green Team volunteers
- 2 city employees provided support from start to finish at the event, about 8 hours combined
We owe special thanks to the many people who helped make our annual event a success:
- Coach Kaminsky and the Wayne State College Men's Basketball Team
- Coach Cleary and the Wayne State College Women's Soccer Team, who just returned home at 2 a.m. from a game the night before
- Green Team Volunteers: Sherry Dorman, Bonnie Andersen, Karen Longe, Kate Hill, Jason Barelman, Rae Brown, Joan Sudmann, Kelly Legler, Alexis Legler and Mason Ley. Also, thank you Sherry for donating the donuts!
- City Employees: Todd Hoeman and Officer Cory Moeller provided terrific help at the event with set up/clean up, heavy lifting, and operating the skid loader. Plus, Chief Marlen Chinn, Chanelle Belt, Wes Blecke and Joel Hansen provided great support as always.
- First Choice Recycling for its effort and making it work out while being one truck down.
- Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy for funding via the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant
With partners like these, the community of Wayne will continue to be successful in our efforts to Recycle Right and reach Zero Waste. Thank you!
What kind of electronics do you accept?
We accept TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, floppy discs & CDs, telephones, cell phones, printers, cameras, cords, keyboards & accessories, networking equipment (routers, modems, Ethernet cables), docking stations, stereos, speakers, CD players, gaming stations, chargers and more. Sorry, no batteries, VHS tapes, or large appliances accepted. Click here to see the full list of acceptable and unacceptable items.
Are there any fees?
Yes, we ask for a suggested donation of $10 per carload and $50 per business load of reasonable size. Our priority is to serve households, which have limited access to electronic recycling services. There are specific fees for more hazardous electronics, such as TVs and monitors containing CRTs, and microwaves, which are difficult to recycle. All fees help support City of Wayne community programs focused on waste reduction as part of our overall Zero Waste strategy.
- Suggested donation of $10 per carload, $50 per business load of reasonable size
- Additional fees for hazardous electronics containing CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes):
- Monitors: $5
- TVs: $10
- $10 per microwave
- No fee for flatscreens
Why should I recycle my TV or monitor instead of throwing it in the landfill?
These items contain CRTs, or Cathode Ray Tubes. CRT items contain hazardous substances, such as mercury, lead and phosphorus among other things. A standard CRT monitor can contain up to eight pounds of lead, while the mercury amount is smaller but just as harmful. When these items are thrown in the landfill, they get broken, which causes leaching into the soil and groundwater when it rains.
Our electronics recycling vendor, sends all CRTs to a facility in Illinois that specifically processes these hazardous materials. The Wayne Green Team pays its vendor to dispose of electronics in a responsible and environmentally safe way. Your efforts make a difference in protecting our planet.
What are the benefits of recycling electronics?
Recycling your old electronics impacts the environment positively in several ways:
- Keeps potentially harmful waste out of the landfills
- Protects personal information on electronic devices
- Repurposes useful electronics
- Takes less energy to reuse than to renew
What's our community's track record for recycling electronics?
Since 2013, the Wayne Green Team has hosted an electronics recycling event seven times and diverted over 60 tons of electronics from the landfill. Way to go Wayne!