It is important that you turn in your e-waste (electrical and electronic waste) for recycling, as it contains materials that can be turned into new products. For example, metals can be recycled any number of times without losing quality.
E-waste also contains environmentally hazardous substances. Mercury, lead, cadmium and freons are examples of substances that are hazardous for both nature and humans. By turning in e-waste for recycling, we save natural resources and contribute to a cleaner environment.
All products with a cord or battery must be turned in as e-waste when they are no longer operable. Many products have built-in batteries. In such case, the entire product must be turned in. In other words, you do not need to remove the battery. Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs are also considered e-waste.
Municipal recycling centres accept all types of e-waste. The municipality can also pick up larger items, such as refrigerators or freezers, for a fee.
All shops selling new electronics must accept and recycle old electrical items. Smaller shops apply a one-for-one principle, meaning they will recycle your old electric toothbrush when you buy a new one. Larger shops (such as electronics chains) must accept electrical items whether you buy a new one or not. Not sure what applies? Ask in your shop what rules apply there.
Batteries can be left in battery bins, which can be found all over urban areas.