Electronics, Batteries & Fluorescent Bulbs



Recycle Electronics

WHAT:Electronics Computer on yellow web

  • CDs and DVDs and their cases
  • Computers
  • Computer peripherals (monitors, printers, keyboards mice, etc.)
  • Telephones and their accessories (fax machines, answering machines, etc.)
  • TVs and their accessories (VCR’s, DVD players, video games consoles, etc.)
  • Copiers

For example:
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, 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, 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, routers, scanners, screens, servers, small electronics, speakers, stereos, SyQuest drives, thumb drives, TVs, VCRs, video-game controllers, video game players,  Xbox consoles, Wii consoles, Wii controllers, wires, word processors, zip drives

  • But NO:
  • No small appliances with minor electronic parts (coffee makers, for example) have their own collection bin, see Small Appliances.
  • No VHS tapes
  • No cassette tapes


Electronics are accepted at the Drop-off Center 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.



Household Electronics
Handling Fees

(Emmet County Households only)

One low
service fee applies to
ALL electronics
from households!

$20 per cubic yard
(a cubic yard is about the size of a typical washing machine)

Of course, most households don’t have a full cubic yard of electronics to recycle at once so we are charging in 1/4 yard increments:

    • $5 per 1/4 cubic yard
      ~ roughly the amount you can pile in the passenger seat of a car
    • $10 per 1/2 cubic yard
      ~ roughly the amount you can pile in the back seat of a car
      $15 per 3/4 cubic yard

TVs and Monitors are a little trickier, so we have done the measuring…

  • $5 small
    Flat screens 19″ and under
    Other TVs and monitors 17″ and under
    (measuring screen diagonally)
  • $12 medium
    Flat screens 20″-49″
    Other TVs and monitors 18″-41″
    (measuring screen diagonally)
  • $20 large
    Flat screens 50″+
    Other TVs and monitors 42″ and up
    (measuring screen diagonally)

$5 minimum fee

Final volume determination will be made by the Gatehouse Attendant on duty at the Drop-off Center.


Televisions & Monitors
 Console TVs $40 each

  • Flat-screens 19″ and under
  • Other TVs and monitors 17″ and under
$10 each

  • CRT** TVs and monitors up to 18″-41″
  • 20″-49″ flat-screen TVs and monitors
$20 each

  • 42″ and over CRT** TVs and monitors
  • 50″ and over flat-screen TVs and monitors
$40 each
All Other Electronics

CPUs, servers, towers, laptops, tablets

$20/cubic yard,
$5 minimum
 Printers, scanners & copiers

also fax machines and multifunction units

$20/cubic yard,
$5 minimum
 Misc. electronics
Any electronics not listed elsewhere in this table
$20/cubic yard,
$5 minimum
**CRT (cathode ray tube) units are the deep “conventional” monitors and televisions.


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.


Bits and Pieces
We accept s
mall electronic items and loose parts.


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.



Recycle Batteries

IMPORTANT: See “HOW” section below for new safety information!



  • Vehicle and Marine Batteries
  • Household Batteries (including rechargeable)
  • Batteries from cordless devices
  • Other Batteries

For Example*:
batteries on yellow web9-volt batteries, AA, AAA, alkaline, automotive batteries, battery back-ups, boat batteries, button cells, C, car batteries, cell phone batteries, cordless drill batteries, cordless handtool batteries, D, drill batteries, flashlight batteries, handtool batteries, hearing-aid batteries, household batteries, Li-ion, lithium-ion batteries, laptop batteries, lead, lead-acid batteries, marine batteries, mercury-containing batteries, NiCad, nickel-cadmium, NIMH, Nickel metal hydride, rechargeable batteries, smoke detector batteries, vehicle batteries, zinc batteries

But NO:
We’ve never come across a battery we can’t recycle, but call ahead 231-348-0640 if you have something very unusual.

Batteries —both household and vehicle types—are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.

Household batteries can also be dropped off during business hours at the following stores:

  • in Alanson at W.W. Fairbairn & Sons
  • in Harbor Springs at Meyer Ace Hardware and Preston Feather Building Center
  • in Pellston at Cook’s Hardware
  • in Petoskey at Preston Feather Building Center and Meyer Ace Hardware (both the downtown location and the one on 31 North)

Batteries are NOT accepted curbside or at the recycling drop sites.


    • Accepted FREE from households. Businesses (including landlords), institutions and organizations, please call 231-348-0640 for fee information.
      Emmet County CANNOT recycle recalled batteries (i.e. hoverboard, Galaxy S7), but can accept them by appointment on Household Chemical Drop-off Days.  Follow manufacturer instructions for their storage and transport. At a minimum, cover the terminals or connecting wires thoroughly with clear tape until you can dispose of them properly. 
burnt pants with the culprits--batteries and coins--displayed

Batteries in a pocket with coins can cause the battery to overheat and catch fire.

The Problem: If battery terminals come in contact with metal, they can spark or short circuit causing fires. The most common example we’ve heard is of guys putting batteries and coins in the same pocket then noticing the battery getting very hot and even burning their pants. Battery fires have become more common as more formulations have been developed and we have come to use them in so many tools and toys.

An Easy Solution: Tape the terminals

  1. of batteries 9 volts or greater AND
  2. all batteries from electronics

with clear tape before storing or recycling batteries.

A couple of handy alternatives:

  • save the packaging from batteries of types you use frequently and use it to store your dead batteries. When package is full seal it shut in such a way that the batteries can’t get loose,
  • individually bag larger batteries in clear plastic bags.


  • by United States Dept. of Transportation rules
  • by Emmet County Recycling
  • by Battery Solutions, the company which recycles your batteries into commodities for industrial and agricultural use.
  • to protect your home or business!

Bottom Line: Before storing or recycling any batteries, please tape the terminals of batteries 9 volts or greater and/or from electronics





Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulbs

WHAT:Fluorescent bulb on yellow web

  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs (technically called “lamps”) only

For example:
4-foot bulbs, 8-foot bulbs, CFLs, circle fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, U-shaped fluorescent bulbs

But NO:

  • NO Halogen light bulbs
  • NO Incandescent light bulbs


Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.



  • Fluorescent light bulbs are accepted for recycling because they contain mercury (a very potent neurotoxin and environmental pollutant).
  • Avoid breaking the bulbs. The mercury inside the tube can escape when the bulb is broken.
  • Accepted FREE from Emmet County households. Businesses (including landlords), institutions and organizations please call 231-348-0640 for rate and packing information.
  • Maximum accepted free: 10 per customer. If you have more than 10 bulbs, you will be charged the business rates for them. Businesses, please consider contacting our light bulb-recycling partner about working with them directly. Clean Lites: 800-778-6645.

Recycle Printer Cartridges


  • 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 Smoke Detectors

There are two types of home smoke detectors:

  • Ionization
  • Photoelectric

Ionization smoke detectors contain a very minute amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241.  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).


· Smoke detectors that have a warning label or the radiation symbol


· evidence that a label has been removed or destroyed.


· Smoke detectors that do not have either a written warning or the radiation symbol (meaning you can assume it does not contain radioactive material).

Ionization Smoke Detector Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

Send ionization smoke detectors back to the manufacturer.  The address may be on the back of the unit.

For United States Postal Service list of manufacturer mail-back addresses visit:


If the manufacturer of your ionization smoke detector doesn’t offer take back, call ECR at 231-348-0640 for the latest information on smoke detector recycling or disposal.


Recycle in the “Miscellaneous Electronics” box.


Find mail back addresses

  • the back of the smoke detector
  • via United States Postal Service address list link above or
  • search online for the address of your detector’s manufacturer.

At the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center