Where to Recycle Electronics in Minnesota?

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If you have an electronics closet, storage room, or have even just been letting it pile up in a coherent, your business needs an e-recycling service. If you are looking for where to recycle electronics in Minnesota, we’ll tell you what the laws say and why you should count on Sadoff  to handle all your e-recycling and data destruction needs.

Can Electronics be Thrown in the Garbage in Minnesota?

Minnesota does have laws against throwing electronics in the garbage. This includes most of the common electronics such as any video display devices, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, computers, laptops, tablets, and any peripherals. In other words, it’s most of the electronics that you would expect.

Interestingly, this law does not include cellphones, PDA, small household electronics, electronic media (CDs, etc.) and some more odds and ends. From these exclusions, it’s obvious that the Minnesota law is a little outdated, but at least they have a law.

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Does Minnesota Offer E-Recycling Services

E-recycling services are provided for households in Minnesota, but this leaves businesses searching for an option. You have to find a certified e-recycler on top of that, you want a service that also provides data destruction.

Any business that has devices to be recycled will also have data devices that should have their data properly destroyed. This often means physical destruction with a specialized drive shredder, but depending on the device it can also mean overwriting or degaussing.

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What Harm Comes From Electronics in a Landfill

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Electronics in a landfill do some terrible things. It’s all because of toxic heavy metals that are in pretty much every single electronic device. This includes arsenic, mercury, and more. These materials are necessary for your electronics to work and confined safely in your device, there is no risk.

The risk comes when it sits in a landfill, exposed to sun, heat, water, and pressure those toxic heavy metals can and will leach out of your electronics where they can then seep into the soil and groundwater. What’s even worse is if they end up in an incinerator which puts them straight into the atmosphere.

Even if this happens far away from where you live it can affect crops and livestock all of which could end up on your dining room table. E-waste may only represent about 2% of the materials in landfills, but it contains 70% of the toxic waste. Not only is e-recycling—at least for some electronics—the law in Minnesota, but it’s also what’s best for the environment.

Read More: What Does Improper E-Recycling Look Like?

Find a Data Destruction Service Near You

You don’t have to limit yourself to Minnesota providers to have your e-recycling and data destruction taken care of. Instead, you can rely on Sadoff. Many of our facilities are just one state over in Wisconsin, and we can provide freight service to make sure everything is handled for you. We can even handle scrap metal as well such as server racks.

You can reach out to us today to get a quote on our services. You can also enquire about our IT asset remarketing services or about ITAD consulting too. Talk to Sadoff today, and let us get to work for you!

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