Indiana bans electronics in trash

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Indianapolis - Effective January 1, 2011, Indiana households, public schools, and small businesses will no longer be allowed to mix unwanted electronics with municipal waste that's intended for disposal at a landfill or by burning or incineration. This ban is implemented in cooperation with state law.

Indianapolis and Marion County residents can properly dispose of, or e-cycle, unwanted electronics such as computer monitors and equipment, televisions, printers, DVD players, and fax machines through the City's ToxDrop program. The program is opened to all City residents to drop off their electronic and household hazardous waste to be recycled and/or disposed of properly.

The term used to describe the recycling of electronics is e-cycle. Everything from cell phones to computers needs to be disposed of properly instead of thrown away. Electronics may contain hazardous materials such as lead and mercury. These materials, if buried in a landfill, can contaminate groundwater and cause serious health issues for people. Instead of throwing electronics away, residents can recycle them through the City of Indianapolis ToxDrop Program.

Residents are limited to disposing of five computer systems per visit. ToxDrop locations are open year round and the service is free of charge. For more information about the ToxDrop program, visit ToxDrop or call 327-4TOX (327-4869).

Also, you can recycle your old Christmas lights along with many other items at Disposal Alternatives Organization (DAO).

The service is free and you can also drop off your old computers, appliances and other hard to recycle items. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 3518 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201. (Note: You may drop off items outside these opening hours too.)

DAO also accepts the following items: computers, appliances, air conditioners, cardboard, glass, lawn tools, medical equipment, plastics, Styrofoam, bicycles, TV's, office machines, oil, A/V equipment, wiring & cables, and metals. Items that are not accepted include toxic chemicals, furniture, wood, and clothing.

About DAO:

DAO is a green company with a social purpose to create jobs through recycling. It has created more than 125 jobs in the past 23 months of operation and provides free recycling services to city and county governments, neighborhood associations, civic groups, and citizens. DAO diverts over 600 tons a week of recyclable materials from populating Indiana landfills and has reduced leaching and streams of toxic chemicals from water treatment processes.

DAO will also provide free pick up of large appliances, washers, dryers, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces, lawn mowers, and other large hard to recycle items. Residents or businesses should call DAO at (317) 375-7788 to schedule a pick up appointment.