Beginning Jan. 3, 2017, the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will start to enforce a landfill ban on computer monitors and televisions. The City Council recently passed a resolution enacting the ban to reduce the amount of hazardous and toxic substances in the landfill and decrease future environmental liability. Currently, around 375 tons of monitors and televisions are deposited in the landfill each year.

Computer monitors and televisions found in incoming waste loads on and after Jan. 3 will be treated similarly to appliances, tires and other banned items: Drivers will be directed to put them back in the vehicle and return to the scale house to pay for and properly recycle the items. 

Electronics may be recycled at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW, and the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, for the following fees:

  • $2 for small items such as stereos, VCRs and DVD players
  • $2 for small appliances such toasters, coffeemakers, vacuum cleaners, etc. (Note: While these items are not banned, residents are encouraged to recycle them.)
  • $10 for televisions or computer monitors with screens that are less than 18 inches, measured diagonally. This $10 fee also includes the recycling costs of related computer components, such as keyboard, tower, printer, and other parts.
  • $15 for console televisions and all televisions or computer monitors measuring 18 inches or larger diagonally. This $15 fee also includes the recycling costs of related computer components, such as keyboard, tower, printer, and other parts.

Other options for recycling your old electronics:

  • When you purchase a new electronics item, the store you buy it from may accept your old electronics for recycling.
  • Some local second-hand stores may accept electronics for reuse or recycling. Please check with individual stores for their policies.

Information on this ban and other waste-related initiatives can be found at www.icgov.org/wasteproposals. Contact the Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160 or email jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org with any questions. 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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