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FREE Drop-off at HHW facility

Residents may, for free, safely and properly dispose of any and all types of banned electronic devices at the West County HHW Collection Facility.

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Never Throw Away

Never throw away GPS systems. Some GPS systems utilize mercury in the liquid crystal display (LCD) panel or the internal lamp to enhance lighting efficiency. GPS systems that don’t contain mercury contain other toxic metals that will leach into the environment if thrown away.

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Look for the Mercury Label

Check the owner’s manual for any warnings about mercury and/or the “Hg” mercury symbol. The statement “may contain mercury” often means that it absolutely contains mercury. Items that contain mercury need to be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Best Buy Recycling & Trade-In Program

Best Buy will recycle GPS systems and many other home electronics for free through their recycling program. They also run a trade-in program that accepts these items. Find a location.

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Staples Recycling Services

Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including desktop computers, tablets, monitors, printers and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.

Did You Know?

Landfill Operators Use Their GPS Systems to Save Space

GPS systems are helping landfill operators save space in the landfill for more trash. GPS can track where their machines are located; they can also tell machine operators how well trash is compacting. This is a big deal since trash can only be compacted so much, and they don’t want to waste time and fuel by repeating this process too many times. Read more.

How Landfills Work

To get an idea of how GPS systems help landfill operators, it’s important to understand how landfill operators pack trash into the ground.