Phoenix City Council Approves Electronic Recycling Contract

October 31, 2013

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Computers and other electronics are a huge part of our lives, but what happens when we die?

The city of Phoenix already recycles cans and cardboard. Now it will also recycle electronics.

The city council approved a contract with Phoenix based eGreen-IT Solutions on Wednesday evening to recycle electronics. Spokeswoman Karin Harris said there are two ways to recover electronics.

“If an item is able to brought back to a viable IT market then we are able to remarket that. If it is not able to be brought back to a viable IT product we dismantle it into commodities," said Harris. 

Harris said the company always clears the product of any personal information before remarketing it. It is important for residents to bring the electronics to the recycling locations rather than discarding them in the trash, because harmful chemicals from the products can get into the water and ground. 

Starting in November, the company will have three spots around the city for residents to drop off electronics.