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What is the Problem?

Computers and their associated accessories and products quickly become obsolete and most are discarded. Computers and related waste have become major contributors to landfills, and many items contain hazardous materials.

Some television and computer monitors-- especially older ones -- contains a picture tube, known as a cathode ray tube or CRT. A CRT contains between 2 and 6 pounds of lead, accounting for 75% of the lead in garbage. Lead is a hazardous and toxic metal. It has numerous health effects and once in the body it can accumulate. CRTs may also contain other hazardous or toxic substances such as cadmium and mercury.

Disposal Options



Local recycling options:

Best Buy accepts most electronic waste for free! 829-0409 Most electronic waste Best Buy Recycling Page Most free
Staples excepts computers, monitors and other items for free! 728-9558 Computers, monitors, printers and more
Staples Recycling Page
Most free
543-8287 Computers, monitors,
and other hardware
(call for specifics)
Some items
taken for free;
some may have fees
Palmer Electric Technology 543-3086 Monitors, televisions,
other E-waste
Call for fees.

The Residential Disposal Guide is provided by the Missoula Valley Water Quality District as a public service and is not an endorsement of specific businesses, services or products. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional. Please contact us with corrections or additions. Call businesses or agencies to confirm hours, locations and charges for services, if any. For information on disposal of items not listed, email or call the Water Quality District at 406-258-4890, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm.

Much of the information provided is from the Washington County, MN, Dept. of Public Health and Environment website.

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