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Recycle Electronics



Computers, laptops, and tablets

Televisions and their accessories

Gaming consoles

Phones and their accessories

Stereos and their accessories

CDs, DVDs (no cases)

But NO

No small appliances with minor electronic parts (coffee makers and vacuum cleaners for example)

No VHS tapes, tape cases

No cassette tapes, cassette cases


At the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center only.


  • Stop at the gatehouse. The attendant will collect your fee and direct you to the unloading area(s).
  • TVs and monitors are palletized in the Waste Transfer Station drive-thru bay. All other electronics are collected in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.
  • Bringing us a medium or large TV, a copier, or other large electronics? We suggest having someone ride along to help unload it–for your safety and the safety of our employees.


These cover shipping and handling costs to get your electronics to our processing partner, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations in Wisconsin.


Emmet County partially covers the cost of recycling TVs and monitors for its households. Residents of other counties, businesses, institutions, and organizations are charged our cost.

In-County Households

Small: $8 each
- Flat Screens 19″ and under
- Boxy older TVs and monitors 17″ and under

Medium: $15 each
- Flat Screens 20″-49″
- Boxy older TVs and monitors up to 18″-41″

Large: $25 each
- Flat Screens 50″ and over
- Boxy older TVs and Monitors 42" and over
- Console TVs

Out of County and Businesses

These rates apply to residents of other counties and all businesses, institutions and organizations.

Small: $15 each
- Flat Screens 19″ and under
- Boxy older TVs and monitors 17″ and under

Medium: $25 each
- Flat Screens 20″-49″
- Boxy older TVs and monitors up to 18″-41″

Large: $40 each
- Flat Screens 50″ and over
- Boxy older TVs and Monitors 42" and over
- Console TVs

Business Bulk

Businesses and institutions which are replacing electronic items all at once or clearing backlogs of stored electronics may want to work with

eRecycle TC

They are set up to pick up or receive larger batches.


$32 per cubic yard

charged in 1/4 yard increments, minimum $8
(A cubic yard is about the size of a typical stove.)

So that is...

- $8 per 1/4 cubic yard
- roughly the amount you can pile on the passenger seat of a vehicle

- $16 per 1/2 cubic yard
- roughly the amount you can pile on the back seat of a car

- $24 per 3/4 cubic yard

NOTICE: Final volume determination will be made by the Gatehouse Attendant on duty at the Drop-off Center.
Bits and Pieces

We accept small electronic items and loose parts.

Business Regulations: We make it easy to do the right thing!

It is illegal for businesses to landfill electronics. Please call us at 231-348-0640 before delivering electronics for recycling so we can coordinate for easy recording and unloading of your materials. We will provide documentation for your records that you properly recycled your business electronics.

Recycle Electronics Right with Emmet County!

As with all your recyclables, you can count on Emmet County Recycling to recycle your electronics right! When you drop off your unwanted electronics at Emmet County Recycling, they are handled by electronics recyclers who use environmentally and ethically sound systems as defined and certified by the e-Steward and/or R2 standards.

This means no irresponsible shipments overseas, no dumping or release of toxic materials to the environment, and no misuse of the equipment. Data is thoroughly erased from anything that will be reused and equipment which is not reusable is deconstructed in the United States and Canada. Component parts or materials are bulked for shipment to industry for reuse or recycling into new products.

If you are considering recycling electronics through other systems, ask to see proof of their e-Steward and/or R2 certifications.

Examples (for site search purposes): adding machines, answering machines, back-up drives, beepers, Blackberries, blood glucometers, blood glucose meters, cables, cable TV boxes, calculators, camcorders, cameras (digital and film), cash registers, CD cases, CD players, CDs, cell phones, central processing units, Christmas tree lights, circuit boards, compact discs, compact disks, computer network equipment, computer peripherals, cords, CPUs, CRT monitors, CRTs, desktop computers, DVD cases, DVD players, DVDs, electronic organizers, external drives, external hard drives, flash drives, floppy discs, floppy disks, Gameboys, hard drives, holiday lights, inkjet printers, iPads, iPhones, iPods, joy sticks, keyboards, laptop computers, laser printers, laser printer cartridges, LCD monitors, LED monitors, mice, modems, monitors, MP3 players, network equipment, Nintendo consoles, Ninetendo DS, organizers, pagers, Palm Pilots, PDAs, projectors, radios, remote controls, Roku boxes, routers, scanners, screens, servers, small electronics, speakers, stereos, string lights, SyQuest drives, thumb drives, TVs, VCRs, video-game controllers, video game players, Xbox consoles, Wii consoles, Wii controllers, wires, word processors, zip drives

Recycle Printer Cartridges (inkjet and toner)


Printer Cartridges (inkjet and toner)


Send them back to the manufacturer

If you cannot send them back to the manufacturer, Office Max in Petoskey accepts inkjet cartridges for recycling and gives you rewards points.

Cylinder toner cartridges are carcinogenic and should be brought into our Household Chemical Drop-off Days if they cannot be mailed back to the manufacturer.

Recycle/Dispose of Smoke Detectors


There are two types of home smoke detectors:

  1. Ionization smoke detectors contain a very minute amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241.
  2. Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material.

To determine which kind you have, look for a warning label on the body of the detector (required by law).

  • Ionization smoke detectors have a warning label or radiation symbol on them or evidence of a label that has been removed or destroyed.
  • Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not have a written warning or the radiation symbol on them.


Ionization smoke detectors

Send ionization smoke detectors back to the manufacturer.

Photoelectric smoke detectors

Dispose of photoelectric smoke detectors in your household trash.