Disposing of Household Wastes

Minnesota's Electronics Recycling Act

On May 8, 2007, Governor Pawlenty signed this new law for the collection and recycling of video display devices sold to households/consumers: televisions, computer monitors, and laptop computers.

Manufacturers of video display devices (VDD) must annually register and pay a fee to the state, collect and recycle VDD from households/consumers in Minnesota, and file a report detailing the results of their collections for each program year.


What to do with household wastes (especially electronics) that don't belong in the trash

Disposing of electronic products such as cell phones, radios, TVs, VCRs and computers isn't as easy as it used to be. Goodwill and Salvation Army and other Relief organizations generally will not accept these items anymore. According to Earth911, electronic waste is growing at three times the rate of other municipal waste and computers, cellular phones, TVs, and other similar items can and should be donated or recycled. This keeps their heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, silver and others that can be toxic out of landfills and out of our surface and groundwaters.

Here are some excerpts from the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance website:

  • In 1998 alone, an estimated 35 million personal computers were sold in the U.S. Another 20.6 million PCs became obsolete.
  • Electronic and electrical products may contain hazardous or toxic materials which can cause an environmental problem if discarded in the trash.
  • Computer monitors and televisions are hazardous because they contain significant amounts of lead.
  • Printed circuit boards contain hazardous metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium and mercury, with significant variation depending on the board.
  • Batteries in electronic and electrical products may contain lead, mercury and cadmium.
    Mercury-containing components like switches and relays are found in some electronic and electrical products.
  • PCBs may be found in televisions and computers made before the early 1980s.

Regional electronic waste recyclers

If you are outside of our area, you can get information at:


North Shore:


Duluth Area:

  Recycling at Best Buy

Best Buy
5105 Burning Tree Rd
Duluth, MN 55811
Info here


Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Materials Recovery Center
Old Rice Lake Road Landfill Site
Corner of Rice Lake and Ridgeview Road Phone: (218)722-0761 for pre-recorded messages
or press “0" (during business hours) to talk to some really helpful people.

Visit the Materials Recovery Center website for more information or to download their brochure.

  UMD logo

EHSO University folks should check with Environmental Health & Safety about old electronics.

Go here for details or call the UMD Environmental Health and Safety Office at (218) 726-6764.

Here's some more info on recycling at UMD.


Superior Area:


Afterlife Electronics Graveyard

Afterlife Electronics Graveyard

915 John Ave Superior
Wisconsin 54880
phone: (715) 392-2350


City of Superior

Superior Recycling Program


Waste Management logo

Waste Management Recycle America
A Subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc.
1425 Oaks Avenue - (Just over the Bong bridge)
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: (715) 394-2174 Fax: (715) 394-2174


  • Drop-off Hours: M-F 8:00 to 4:00
  • Commercial Pick-ups available
  • All e-waste is processed in the U.S.
  • Our Minneapolis E-Waste Recycling Plant is ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Think Green
    Bring your unwanted Sony product to the Waste Management eCycling drop-off center and recycle it for free.

South Shore:


For more information about recycling electronics check out:

www.Earth911.org (or call 1-800-CLEANUP) . Type in your zipcode for specific information for your region or just browse to get general information about how to reduce your imprint on your watershed and airshed.

Electronics Industry Association, Minnesota Electronics Industry Association, Wisconsin US EPA Sustainable Management of Electronics