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New Toys for Christmas? Recycle Old Electronics

Friday December 19, 2008

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encouraged families who might be receiving new computers, televisions or video game systems for the holidays to recycle outdated electronics through CyberCycle, the city’s electronics recycling program.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.

“Kids of all ages will get new electronic gifts for the holidays this year,” Abramson said. “Disposing of old electronics is easy with our E-scrap recycling program, and it keeps tons of waste out of our landfills.”

Louisville is 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.

With the upcoming digital television conversion, some residents may consider replacing their old analog television sets (although they will continue to work properly with a conversion box). Some donation centers, such as Goodwill, will no longer accept televisions. CyberCycle is the best way to safely dispose of these older sets.

“We want to change the habits of our residents and get them thinking about the possibilities of recycling,” Abramson said. “There is no reason residents should put old computers and televisions on the curb or in the landfill when these items can be recycled.”

Since the city launched the CyberCycle program in June 2004, residents have recycled more than 1,100 tons of electronic equipment, saving more than $23,400 in landfill costs.

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 6 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 20 cents per pound and nonprofit organizations will be charged 10 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