Electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of our nation’s waste stream. Electronics may be safe to use, but when discarded they can leak toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium into our water and air. Additionally, recycling the precious metals in electronics helps reduce the need to find new sources.
Cook Inletkeeper is committed to finding ways to expand electronics recycling opportunities throughout the watershed, including reaching out to businesses and other large volume users of electronics, coordinating e-waste removal from remote villages, and coordinating with other communities that are already working to address the e-waste problem.
For more information about this program, or if you are interested in hosting an electronics recycling event in your community, contact Rachel Lord at email@example.com or 907.235.4068 x29.
Homer's Annual April Electronics Recycling Event 2017
Please check back for more information about Homer E-cycling in 2017. E-cycling is generally held around Earth Day in April, on a Saturday from 10-3 at SBS in Homer.
Since 2006, Inletkeeper has worked with local partners to host an annual electronic recycling event in Homer, as well as providing technical assistance to the Kachemak Bay villages of Nanwalek, Port Graham, and Seldovia.
Over 185,000 pounds of electronic waste has been collected since 2006, including over 25,000 pounds during the 2016 collection event.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
*****HOUSEHOLDS: MOST RECYCLING IS FREE*****
Households: FREE e-cycling of everything except computer monitors ($15), LCD TVs ($15), and CRT TVs ($15-$35, depending on size).
Businesses/Gov't/Non-Profits/Tribes: FREE e-cycling of everything except TVs and computer monitors, which are $0.30/pound. There is a suggested $10 donation to Cook Inletkeeper to offset costs.
Businesses and organizations must schedule a time to drop off their materials by calling Cook Inletkeeper prior to the event.
What items can I recycle?
- Computers (CPUs), Laptops
- Monitors (CRT or LCD)
- Servers, Routers, Hubs
- VCR’s, DVD Players
- Stereos and Audio Components
- Cameras – Video and Digital
- iPhone, iTouch, iPad
- Copiers / Scanners / Fax Machines
- Cell Phones and Telephones
- Electronic Scales
- Credit Card Machines
- Alarm Clocks and Clock Radios
- Handheld Games
- Communications Equipment
- Other Miscellaneous Office Machines
What items are not acceptable for recycling?
- Audio and video tapes
- Exit signs
- Smoke detectors
- Fire extinguishers (These can usually be re-charged, or dropped of for scrap metal recycling)
- Homer - Eagle Enterprises, 1041 Ocean Dr, Homer, AK 99603, (907) 235-7908
- Kenai - Fire Control Systems, 53745 Commerce Ave Kenai, AK 99611, (907) 283-7518
- Anchorage;/Mat-Su - www.yellowpages.com/anchorage-ak/fire-extinguisher-recharging
- Starting in 2016 - no fluorescent lights or batteries will be accepted.
Where does the e-waste go?
Total Reclaim ships the e-waste to its facility in Washington state, where it is dismantled and separated into its different materials. Depending on the material, the scraps are handled in different ways. More information on the e-waste recycling stream is on their website at www.totalreclaim.com.
Why should I have to pay to get rid of it when I can just throw it away?
Just throwing it away also has costs associated with it. Increased taxes to fund new and expanded landfills and clean-up efforts in the case of leached chemicals are two hidden costs to irresponsibly discarded electronic waste. Only you can ensure that these potentially toxic items do not impose a cost on society.
I’m going to be out of town during the event - can I drop off my electronic items beforehand?
Generally, CIK has shied away from accepting items before the event due to space and time it requires to move items from the office to the host location. This demonstrates the need to work towards a year-round recycling model, where items can be dropped off at a central location at any time.
What can I do to safeguard sensitive data on my hard drives?
Eliminate risk of identity theft when recycling electronic items like computers by deleting data and reformatting hard drives. Additional information is available online to walk you through the steps of completely removing data, making it inaccessible to thieves.
Other E-Cycling Opportunities in Southcentral Alaska
Several opportunities exist throughout the Cook Inlet watershed to responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics. Check out this list to find a recycler in your area.