e-Waste Recycle Event

E-Waste Recycle Event 2013


Electronic waste, or e-Waste, is outdated technology such as: computers, TVs, monitors, laptops, cell phones, VCRs & DVD players, copiers & fax machines and much more. Americans throw away 300 to 400 million electronic items per year, less than 20% of which is recycled. While e-Waste only accounts for 5% of our trash volume, it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. In Utah, approximately 208 million pounds of e-Waste are filling landfills each year. 

In order to prevent more outdated electronics from filling our landfills, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Simply Mac is hosting a free community e-Waste Recycle Event.


May 17 and 18, from 9am to 3pm


3200 S Decker Lake Drive
Salt Lake City, UT


May 17
Open to businesses, institutions, hospitals, schools and other organizations with e-Waste to recycle.
For businesses planning on participating on this day, please sign up HERE!

May 18
Open to the general public to recycle electronic waste, no registration is needed.


About 50 million cell phones are replaced worldwide each month, only 10% are recycled. If we were to recycle just a million of these cell phones, we would reduce greenhouse emissions equal to taking 1,368 cars off the road for a year.
About 25 million TVs are taken out of service annually. Cathode ray tubes in older TVs and computers usually contain four pounds of lead, sometimes as much as seven pounds. 
It's estimated 60 to 65 million PCs become obsolete every year in the US, some estimates show 3 to 5 percent of material in landfills is e-Waste. 
Another report estimated between 315 and 680 million computers and/or TVs are waiting in peoples garages and homes, waiting to be disposed of properly, which is why we are hosting the e-Waste event for a second year. 


All equipment is destroyed and recycled in an environmentally sound manner by a fully permitted recycling facility in the US. Equipment is manually and mechanically disassembled, shredded into small pieces of metals, plastics and glass and separated into the reusable commodity streams to be used as feedstock in new materials manufacturing processes. The recycling facilities used are in compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the proper and environmentally sound recycling of electronic equipment. 
All storage devices are 100% destroyed by means of mechanical shredding. NO equipment is reused in any manner. We strongly recommend you back up and erase all existing data on any equipment, as once it has been collected at the event, it will be destroyed and cannot be returned. We ask that you hold onto your electronics until the event dates, because we cannot accept items in our Simply Mac stores.


Acceptable Items

Computer Systems & Accessories
  • All-in-Ones
  • CPUs
  • CRT Monitors
  • Hard Drives
  • Hubs
  • Keyboards & Mice
  • Laptops
  • LCD Displays
  • Optical Drives
  • Servers
  • Speakers
  • Switches
  • UPS Systems
  • Wires & Cables
  • Cell Phones
  • Pagers
  • PDAs

Office Equipment

  • Adding Machines
  • Fax Machines
  • Photo Copiers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Surge Protectors
  • Telephones
  • Typewriters
Audio & Video Equipment
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • DVDs
  • Game Systems
  • LCD Projectors
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Radios
  • Stereos
  • Televisions
  • VCRs

Non-Acceptable Items

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Contaminated equipment of any type
  • Cracked or broken CRT monitors
  • Batteries not integral to computer system
  • Styrofoam
  • Hazardous materials of any type
  • Refrigerators
  • Washers & Dryers
  • Microwaves
  • Hairdryers
  • Smoke detectors

If you have any questions about our e-Waste Recycle Event, feel free to contact us at 801.308.1358 or email us at recycle@simplymac.com.



Sources include the Recycling Coalition of Utah