As you take on spring cleaning in your classroom, you may find yourself wondering what to do with outdated or broken electronics. Tony Pierce, an environmental specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, shares some tips on how to clean out your classroom in an environmentally-friendly way.
- Know what can be recycled.
Anything with a cord, battery, or a circuit board can be recycled. Many electronic devices are considered hazardous wastes when disposed; when recycled, they are exempt from most hazardous waste regulations.
- Find a reputable recycler
Recycling resources vary across the state. Teachers and schools can work with their local Solid Waste Management Districts to coordinate recycling materials through legitimate recyclers. They may also use the Registered Electronics Recycling Businesses List to identify registered recyclers that accept electronics waste in their area. Some areas also have refurbishing services available for newer devices.
Learn more about electronics recycling regulations on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website.