Think of the last electronic you bought- It’s very likely it was in the last year, probably even the last few months. Phones, tvs, tablets and computers are being constantly upgraded by people and businesses every day. 9.4 million tons are thrown away every year in America alone, and only 12.5% of e-waste is recycled! That’s a LOT of waste- if electronics end up in the landfill, harmful toxins like lead and mercury can leach into the groundwater and we lose all of those precious metals that could have been reused.
How Should You Recycle Electronics In Sioux Falls?
(1) Sioux Falls Area Residents: Bring electronics to the household hazardous waste facility for FREE recycling! All electronics recycled with the city end up at SEAM, the only certified e-recycler in the Dakotas. This means that all of your data will be destroyed in accordance with strict data security standards, and that all of your parts and pieces will be recycled responsibly, not shipped overseas to countries like China, India or Ghana, where people in poverty do the dangerous, unprotected work of dismantling gadgets to pull out tiny valuable trace materials. For more information, visit their website or call them at (605) 367-8695.
(2) Businesses: Bring your electronics directly to SEAM for recycling. Business equipment or large consumer items that aren’t accepted at the city’s household hazardous waste facility can be recycled at SEAM. Again, because of SEAM's certifications, all data will be completely destroyed and all equipment will be responsibly recycled. Always look for certifications to verify an electronics recycler is doing it the right way.
(3) Re-gift or Donate your electronics. There’s no reason why a perfectly good laptop can’t be handed down to someone in your family or friend network. Not everyone needs the latest and greatest. Just make sure you wipe your data and erase those embarrassing photos (for businesses, check with SEAM for help).