Electronic Waste

Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronics Recovery Center provides businesses with a variety of cost-effective and environmentally sound disposal options for computers and other IT assets.

The Commission can:

  • Educate businesses about e-waste and disposal
  • Provide no- and low-cost disposal for both common and uncommon IT assets
  • Offer guidance for proper transportation, storage, and handling of e-waste
  • Provide secure storage of data-containing items
  • Provide Certificates of Destruction

The Commission understands that businesses need a simple, affordable solution for disposing of electronic waste, due in part to legal considerations. It is illegal for businesses to dispose of electronics in the trash or dumpsters because e-waste contains toxins such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which pose a threat to human and environmental health.

Data Security

As part of our commitment, the Commission follows the Waste Reduction Hierarchy, which holds that reuse is superior to recycling in terms of environmental stewardship.

All electronic material is evaluated as it enters our facility to determine whether it may be reused. Items deemed to have additional useful life are set aside for reuse, pending further assessment. For more information, visit our Electronics Reuse Program page. End-of-life materials that contain data are physically shredded and then recycled.

Our facility is equipped with security cameras and other safeguards to ensure that sensitive or confidential information is not compromised. From the moment your material arrives at our facility, we track it using a software tracking system.

All data-containing items, including hard drives slated for reuse, are stored in a secure environment at all times. We use state-of-the-art hardware and software to destroy information contained on these drives. We then evaluate each drive through a second, independent process that verifies that it contains none of the old information.

For more information, please visit our certifications page.

Electronic Waste Fees

TELEVISIONS & COMPUTER MONITORS

Material Price
Televisions & Computer Monitors - all styles
$0.30/pound ($5 minimum)
Broken CRT (cathode-ray tubes) missing yokes
$0.50/pound ($5 minimum)

UNSORTED MATERIAL

Material Price
Deliveries containing computers, monitors and mixed electronics commingled together (more than one cart worth)
$0.30/pound ($5 minimum)

MIXED ELECTRONICS

Material Price
Examples include: audio equipment, DVD/VCR players, phones, desktop printers/scanners, small household electronics
$0.10/pound ($5 minimum)

COMPUTERS, COPIERS & DATA

Material Price
Laptops, Desktops and Servers
No charge
Large/Business Style Multi-Function Copiers
No charge
Hard Drives (not contained within equipment)
$5.00/each
Data Disks
$1.00/pound ($5 minimum)

BATTERIES

Material Price
Lithium Batteries
$7.00/pound
Alkaline, Li-Ion, NiCad, NiMH Batteries
$2.00/pound ($5 minimum)
Lead acid batteries
No charge
Damaged Batteries
$15.00/pound

Please note: Batteries having the capacity of 300 or more Watt-hours (Wh) cannot be accepted. Contact the manufacturer for safe disposal.

OTHER

Material Price
Unloading (large volumes)
$50/hour
Scott County 501c Non-Profit Organizations (documentation required)
125 pounds at no charge
Onsite witness of hard drive shredding
$100 plus cost of hard drives
Shredding of Data Disks
$1.00/pound ($5 minimum)
Appliances (microwaves and dehumidifiers only) (other appliances should be disposed of at landfill)
$6 each
Unusual items assess on a per-item basis
Varies
Transportation charges based upon needs of business
Varies

Effective July 1, 2023. Rates subject to change.

Contact

Fill out our Business Recycling or Disposal form to learn more.