What Happens to Recycled Electronics?

Here is what happens after you recycle electronics!

May 29, 2023

Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste, is a growing concern for the environment. Proper disposal of e-waste is essential to protect the environment and human health. Let's talk about what happens after you drop them off.


The first step in the process of electronic waste disposal is collection. Electronic waste is collected from households, businesses, and other sources and brought to e-waste recycling facilities. We offer free electronics recycling for computers, monitors, and TV's through the E-Cycle WA program.

Sorting and Dismantling

After collection, the e-waste is sorted and dismantled. The sorting process involves separating electronic devices by type and material. The dismantling process involves taking apart the devices and separating the different components.


After sorting and dismantling, the various components are sent for recycling. There are some precious metals, copper, and tin that are easily recycled and can be repurposed. Some things can be reused, some things have parts that can be repurposed, and others do not.

Proper Disposal of Hazardous Materials

Electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can cause harm to the environment and human health if not disposed of properly. Therefore, e-waste recycling facilities ensure that these hazardous materials are disposed of properly, either through safe storage or proper treatment.


Find a local e-waste recycling facility (like us!)  to dispose of your electronic devices properly and do your part in reducing e-waste and protecting the environment.

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