Since printed circuit boards have been used in almost every electronic device for the past 40 or so years, they are really filling up our nation's landfills. PCBs are made with hazardous materials making them an environmental hazard as well as a trash volume problem. Click here for more PCB information.
The PCB is not the only harmful piece. The whole electronic device could be carrying hazardous materials like mercury, cadmium and other toxic chemicals. Recycling your unwanted electronic devices and their circuit boards is an important step in maintaining a healthy environment.
Reuse Old PCBs
People who enjoy creating their own electronic devices may be able to reuse printed circuit boards which reduces waste and saves money. If building your own electronics isn't your thing, recycling those boards can still save some money. There are hazardous and non-hazardous materials that can be recovered from old PCBs. Almost all recovered material is less expensive than buying brand new. This really cuts costs for manufacturers. To learn more about PCBs, click here.
Sending Your Circuit Boards to a Specialty Recycler
Since some recycling centers aren't able to recycle electronics you should call first to find out. If they don't, ask them if they know of any local companies that specialize in electronics.
Ways to Recycle Printed Circuit Boards and Other Electronics:
- Watch your local TV channels and newspapers for regional events for recycling hard to recycle materials. Most will include electronics.
- Identify the manufacturer of your electronic device. Most of them have some sort of recycling program. Check your documentation and/or call their customer service line to learn what they offer.
- You could always take your unwanted electronics to Best Buy. It doesn't matter if you bought the item at Best Buy or somewhere else.
Keep Your Circuit Boards Out of the Waste Stream
Recycling processes have improved greatly over the last few years but there is still a ways to go. This is especially evident in electronics recycling. The next time you upgrade your stereo, cell phone, or computer take the time to learn about your options for recycling the old equipment. Every circuit board that goes to a landfill is a problem that we all have to deal with. Click here for more PCB recycling information.