Electronics Recycling Day


With Styrofoam Recycling and Paper Shredding


Recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam, and safely shred and recycle your documents too!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 (9 am to 1 pm)

Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

Sean Woodson, solid waste superintendent, 404-377-5571


Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.  

Acceptable Electronics

Almost anything with an electrical cord can be recycled at the event EXCEPT microwave ovens, furniture, light fixtures, household appliances, lamps and vacuum cleaners.

  • Adding machines
  • Answering machines
  • Batteries, any kind
  • Cable converter boxes
  • Cables
  • Calculators
  • Component parts
  • Computers
  • Copiers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital projectors
  • DVD players
  • Electric lawn mowers
  • Fax machines
  • Garden equipment
  • GPS receivers
  • Game controllers
  • Keyboards
  • Label makers
  • Mice
  • Mini-towers
  • Monitors
  • Pagers
  • PDAs
  • Portable CD players
  • Portable game players
  • Printer cartridges
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Remote controls routers
  • Scanners
  • Servers Speakers
  • Stereo equipment
  • Telephones
  • Telephony equipment
  • 3-in-1 devices
  • Typewriters
  • UPS units
  • VCRs
  • Workstation
  • Zip drives

The fee for recycling cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs is $10 per TV set, and the fee for CRT monitors is $5 ea. Cash only, exact change required. 

There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate. 


Foam Recycling Guidelines

DART Container Corporation has generously donated their services for this event. Please follow the guidelines below before bringing Styrofoam:

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material

Shredding Guidelines

Shred these:

  • Advertising proofs
  • Audit reports
  • Blueprints and maps
  • Canceled checks
  • Computer printouts
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Customer lists
  • Expense records
  • Financial statements
  • HR files
  • Insurance policies
  • Legal documents
  • Old invoices and bills
  • Payroll records
  • Personnel files
  • Price lists
  • Proposals
  • Purchase orders
  • Tax records
  • Technical information
  • Time cards


Can’t Shred These

  • Cardboard
  • Glass or plastic
  • Magazines
  • Napkins
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Newspapers
  • Spiral-bound notebooks
  • Phonebooks


Frequently Asked Questions About Decatur's Electronics Recycling Day

Electronics Recycling Day_Girl w GuitarQ: How often is electronics recycling available?
A: Twice a year, in spring and fall on a designated Saturday morning. Please check back for the updated vehicle traffic plan before the event in order to ensure a short wait and a quick drop-off.

Q: Is this limited to people who live in Decatur?
A: No, anyone may participate, including businesses and institutions from the entire metro area.

Q: Can I drop things off a day early?
A: No. Saturday morning, as advertised, is the only time we can accept your electronics.

Q: What else can be recycled at this event?
A: Currently, we recycle electronics and batteries of all kinds. Check this web site shortly before each event to see what we are accepting.

Q: Why should I recycle electronics?
A: Computers, printers and other electronics contain potentially dangerous chemicals such as mercury and lead which can be toxic to living things and human health if allowed to leach into our ground water from a landfill.  Precious metals can be extracted from some items, thus reducing the environmental destruction of mining.

Q: Does this stuff need to be packaged?
A: No. It is easiest for us if the items are not boxed or bagged. If you want to go the extra mile, clip power cords and bring the cords and equipment.

Q: Is there anything I can’t bring?
A: We cannot recycle microwave ovens, furniture, light fixtures, household appliances, lamps, or vacuum cleaners. Please do not bring old paper owner’s manuals.

Q: Is this stuff really recycled?
A: Yes, we vet the companies that assist us to be sure everything is recycled. responsibly, without being dumped around the globe. Our main vendor states “Bionew USA Corporation will dismantle all of the materials received in the United States down to the bare component, be it plastic, metal, circuit boards, CRT tubes, and any other e-waste/scrap, then the materials are sent downstream for recycling. Bionew has a zero waste corporate policy ensuring that none of the material brought into our facilities for recycling will end up in a landfill either domestically or internationally.” Some items such as cell phones may be refurbished and re-used.

Q: Can someone read the data on my hard drive?
A: It is your responsibility to clean your hard drive with one of the programs available commercially or for free on the Internet. Owners should be aware that there are risks of private or other information being pulled from laptop drives, and that therefore the donor assumes such risks and waives all liability for any potential disclosure of private, personal, financial, etc. information that may be extracted from the laptop by third parties who end up with the laptop, etc.

Q: Is there a charge to drop things off?
A: For TVs there is a fee of $10 that is cash only / exact change only.

Since we started these events in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1 million pounds of electronics from landfills, and since we added paper shredding we’ve collected 40,000 pounds.


Electronics Recycling Day Images
October 2007

Electronics Recycling: A Must for the Future
by Scott Thompson

Electronics Recycling Day, held twice a year in Decatur, is a resounding answer to a distress call from our future. It is a community effort that, thanks to our outstanding volunteers, continues to be a success.

The March 2008 Recycling Day brought out more than 100 volunteers to help unload more than 400 vehicles per hour for four hours. Adding their efforts to those of the volunteers for the five previous events, Decatur has now diverted more than 240 tons from the landfill.

Weight, however, is only the beginning of the story. In the last two events, volunteers collected more than 28 cubic yards of Styrofoam, enough to fill one of the city’s rear loaders to 75 percent of capacity.

Each time, even the event veterans are astounded at how high the pallets are stacked in the Decatur High School parking lot. Second, volunteers who show up for the early shift tend to stay through the late shift. And as we pull the barricades across the driveway at the end of the day, all the volunteers ask how they can continue to help.

Electronics Recycling Days are held in March and October.



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