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Electronic Recycling

Used, broken or unwanted computer and electronic equipment doesn't belong in the landfill. Not only can it leach toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium into the soil, but it contains valuable materials that can be recycled. Electronics waste must be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.

What If It Still Works?
Items still in working condition, and not obsolete, can be donated to agencies such as The Salvation Army - just call first to confirm. Check the Yellow Pages of the telephone book under Second-Hand Store or Computers - some local businesses will buy used computers in working condition. 

How Do I Recycle Electronic Items?
Electronic items can be taken to the City of Thunder Bay Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Mapleward Road landfill. It`s free! Items accepted include:

  • amplifiers E-waste Recycling Bin
  • audio and video players
  • cameras
  • cell phones
  • computers and peripherals
  • copiers
  • digital cameras
  • fax machines
  • monitors
  • pagers and PDAs
  • printers
  • radios
  • receivers
  • scanners
  • speakers
  • telephones and answering machines
  • tuners
  • turntables
  • televisions
  • video projectors

What Happens to Electronics Recycling?
Ontario Electronic Stewardship funds the collection and consolidation of e-waste in Ontario. Waste is collected and shipped to industries that disassemble and re-use up to 90% of the e-waste components. 

More Information
For information about additional collection locations and products accepted, visit or contact the Infrastructure & Operations Dispatcher at 625-2195.