Electronics Recycling Program


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Electronic waste (e-Waste) is unwanted, non-working, or obsolete electronic devices that have reached the end of its useful life. Untreated e-Waste may contain hazardous material, which can pose serious risks to human health and the environment. Toxins contained in electronics, such as mercury and lead, can leach into drinking water and accumulate in plants and animals if not disposed of properly.

The Shiawassee Conservation District has conducted eleven e-Waste recycling events since the fall of 2013. Beginning in 2016, financial assistance to help offer the event at no charge to Shiawassee County residents has been awarded to the Shiawassee Conservation District from Shiawassee County’s Waste Management Corporate Donation Fund.

All materials are sorted and recycled by Comprenew. Comprenew is the only nonprofit electronic recycler in the world, and the only recycler in Michigan, certified by both R2-Responsible Recycling© and e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment®. Both standards guard against electronics going to the landfill or exported to another country. 100% of our recycling occurs in the United States. Visit our blog for more information on Comprenew and what their certifications mean.

Since the first collection held in the fall of 2013, 293,529 pounds of e-Waste has been collected from residents across Shiawassee County, helping to protect our waters from these dangerous materials.

“We appreciate the incredible support shown to us by Shiawassee County residents. E-Waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the county and we see the need here is Shiawassee County to provide this service”
– Melissa Higbee, Shiawassee Conservation District Executive Director

Next Electronics Recycling Collection Event
Stay tuned for details!

Chippewa Trail, just north of VG’s Grocery Store in Owosso Michigan

This is a free service, expect to wait in line.

Items accepted:

Office and Household electronics

  • Air cleaners, humidifiers
  • Answering machines
  • Batteries, household (no car batteries)
  • Blenders, kitchen electronics
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Curling irons, hair dryers
  • Calculators
  • Cellular telephones
  • Copiers
  • DVD players
  • Fax machines
  • Gaming systems
  • iPods, MP3 players
  • Microwaves
  • Power tools, electronic only
  • Various media (floppy disks, CDs, memory sticks)
  • Radios, stereos and CD players
  • Telephone systems
  • Television
  • Typewriters
  • VCRs

Computer Components and Accessories

  • Circuit boards
  • Docking stations, routers
  • Internal, external disk drives
  • Inkjet and toner cartridges
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Laptops, MACs, PCs
  • Modems
  • Monitors
  • Networking equipment
  • PDAs (Blackberrys, Palm Pilots, iPhones)
  • Power cords, cables
  • Printers, scanners
  • Servers, server racks
  • Speakers
  • Tape Backups

Items not accepted:

  • Light bulbs
  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Large appliances
  • Car batteries