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Unwrapping New Electronics? Recycle the Old Ones

Tuesday December 22, 2009

CyberCycle program diverts toxic waste from dump

Mayor Jerry Abramson encouraged families who might be receiving new computers, televisions or video game systems for the holidays to recycle outdated electronics through CyberCycle, the city’s electronics recycling program. Toxic elements will be removed and reusable materials will be reclaimed for use in items such as fiberglass and insulated wiring.

“The latest and greatest electronics are always popular gifts during this time of year,” Abramson said. “As you replace the old with the new, don’t forget how easy it is to keep tons of waste out of our landfills with our E-scrap recycling program.”

Louisville was the first city in Kentucky to offer electronic recycling for residents and was the first to accept televisions for recycling on a year-round basis. Residents may drop off many kinds of electronic items at CyberCycle, including stereos, DVD players, scanners, printers, cameras, gaming systems, fax machines and cell phones. The program saves landfill costs and keeps harmful chemicals such as cadmium, lead, mercury and chromium from being deposited in the landfill.

Louisville Metro residents can recycle up to three electronic items per visit at no charge. Items can be dropped off at the Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, Tuesdays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Electronic equipment from businesses and nonprofit groups are accepted by appointment only. Businesses will be charged 30 cents per pound and nonprofit organizations will be charged 15 cents per pound. These fees will help defray program costs related to shipping and proper disposal.

For more information on how to recycle other holiday leftovers – everything from old greeting cards to candle wax – visit our website at