Q. What is E-Waste?
Ans:) E-Waste refers to electronic products and components that are nearing the end of their life cycle. Computers, Laptops, Monitors, Televisions, VCRs, Cell Phones, (to name a few) are all examples of E-Waste. These products should never be thrown in a landfill as they can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.
Q. How long does it take for someone to schedule my pick up?
Ans:) Our representatives will try and contact you the same day you submit a pick up request, at the latest 24 hours.
Q. What items do you accept?
Ans:) We accept pretty much anything with a power cord, (except for large appliances) such as Computers, Laptops, Computer Monitors ,Cell Phones, CRT Screens, Plasma Screens, Televisions, LCD Screens, Copiers, Faxes, Calculators, Business Telephones & Systems,
Mouse’s, Keyboards, Printers, Power Tools, Medical Equipment, I.T. & Networking Hardware, Test Equipment, Stereos, Speakers, Battery Backups & More.
Q. Do you ever pay for items?
Ans:) Yes we actively purchase items that are too valuable for you to give away.
Q. What does All Goods Electronics do with e-waste?
Ans:) Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is a great set of rules to live by. With that in mind we sort through donated items to see what can possibly be re-used and put back to use in the workforce. Broken or unwanted T.V’s, Monitors and other components are shipped to a State certified recycler to be broken down into their core materials such as Aluminum, Glass, Plastics, etc. We have a zero landfill policy.
Q. What is the Electronic Waste Recycling Act?
Ans:) In 2003, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act established a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes. Key elements of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 include the collection of an electronic waste recycling fee at the retail point of sale of covered products and requirements on manufacturers to provide consumer information regarding recycling opportunities. The intent of this program is to make recycling options for consumers more convenient so products containing toxic compounds are disposed of appropriately. For more information on this law and its implementation, please see http://http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/.
Q. What is the 2006 Universal Waste Law?
Ans:) After February 2006, it is illegal for residents and small businesses to dispose of fluorescent lamps, household batteries, and other “Universal Waste” in the trash. Under the law , “Universal Waste” is defined as batteries, mercury thermostats, fluorescent lights, cathode ray tube devices (computer monitors, televisions), mercury thermometers, and other products containing mercury or other heavy metals. This list includes:
- Electronic devices, such as televisions and computer monitors, computers, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and microwave ovens. These devices often contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, copper, and chromium.
- Electrical switches and Relays typically contain about 3.5 grams of mercury each. Mercury switches can be found in some chest freezers, pre-1972 washing machines, sump pumps, electric space heaters, clothes irons, silent light switches, automobile hood and trunk lights, and ABS brakes.
- Pilot light sensors – Mercury-containing switches found in some gas appliances, such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters.
- Mercury added novelties – Includes greeting cards that play music when opened, athletic shoes (made before 1997) with flashing lights in soles, and mercury maze games.
For a complete list and more details, please visit the Department of Toxic Substance Control website, or see our Frequently Asked Household Hazardous Waste Questions.
Q. Are cathode ray tubes are hazardous waste?
Ans:) Computer monitors and televisions with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) have been deemed hazardous waste by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and, therefore, cannot be disposed of in a landfill. Each CRT contains 5 to 7 pounds of lead, as well as cadmium, silver, gold, and other heavy metals and toxic compounds. Lab studies have shown the potential for these compounds and elements to leach out of the computer equipment into the landfill’s outflow and cause groundwater contamination.
Q. How do I recycle and dispose of electronic scrap?
Ans:) Call All Goods Electronics and we will take care of it responsibly and conveniently. Since electronic waste is subject to California’s hazardous waste regulations, it must be reused, recycled, or disposed of properly. Do not put these items in the garbage or curbside recycling bins.