How to Recycle Computers, TVs, and All Electronic Equipment in Montclair

Montclair has long been a leader as a recycler of electronic equipment, first providing computer and electronics recycling services back in 2001.

Following our path, more and more towns and counties followed suit, until The New Jersey Electronic Waste Management Act was passed in 2007. This law prohibits disposal of televisions, computers, and all computer components as waste (meaning refuse, or garbage).

Fortunately for Montclair residents, the Township operates a year-round electronics drop-off facility; any residents may use this free service. All consumer electronics are accepted on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Community Services Recycling Center located at 219 North Fullerton Avenue. The drop-off is open to township residents only.

In addition to computers and televisions, any and all consumer electronics can be dropped off at Montclair's Recycling Center: if it contains a chip, a transistor, or a tube, we will take it. Items accepted here include: all computer components, including monitors, laptops, central processing units (CPUs), circuit boards, disc drives, integrated circuits (ICs), mainframes, keyboards, mice, modems, wires and cables; televisions (no consoles); cell phones and all telephone equipment; printers and copiers; VCR/CD/DVD players, audio processors, tape drives, radios, stereos, camcorders, and electronic games. Unwanted CDs are accepted, but audio or video cassettes are not. Household appliances are not accepted.

All materials are recycled, refurbished, and reused, or disposed of properly.

As many people are aware, we need to segregate and divert electronic equipment for three important reasons. First, the sheer amount of computers and other e-junk is mind-boggling. It is estimated that there are 300 million computers sitting unused in America’s attics, basements, and office closets.

Second, consumer electronics contain hazardous materials. The equipment isn’t dangerous to use; it becomes dangerous when it gets thrown out. These products contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and plastics treated with dioxin-like fire-retardant compounds, to name only a few of the potential hazards which pose significant environmental and human health threats when discarded and released into our air, land, and water.

The third reason we want your unwanted electronics is that they contain very valuable materials, too. Copper, palladium, even gold can be found in this “e-waste”. These valuable metals and other materials can be sold as scrap to be reintroduced into the marketplace, reducing the energy, the costs, and the carbon footprint associated with mining new metals to forge into new materials for manufacturing new equipment.

So it’s a win-win-win program, and has been a successful component of Montclair’s recycling program for almost two decades. Protecting human health and the environment while reducing waste and saving tax dollars exemplifies the sustainability goals of Montclair's municipal government.

For more information on Montclair’s computer and electronics recycling program, please call 973-509-5711. The information desk is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Further information about waste prevention, reuse, non-traditional recycling, and composting is always available from the office of Environmental Affairs at (973) 509-5721.