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Electronics Recycling

Electronic products containing a circuit board or cathode ray tube (CRT) such as a T.V. or computer monitor cannot be placed in the garbage.  These electronics contain lead, cadmium and mercury, which are harmful to human health and the environment.  Because they contain hazardous materials they are banned from disposal in the trash.  

Options for proper disposal:

Take Back Programs:  Some manufacturers and retailers will take back your old electronics for recycling.  Some such as Hewlett Packard and Radio Shack even offer cash back.  

Free recycling at Best Buy: Roseville,1643 County Rd. B2, 651-746-0538.  

Free recycling at Eco Recycling Solutions: White Bear Lake, 2360 Co. Rd. J. Ste 100,

Exchange Programs:  If is still works, give it away on the Twin Cities Free Market.

Recycling Companies:  For a fee, you can drop off your old electronics for recycling.  Check with each company for their rates and services:

- Asset Recovery Corp:  2299 Territorial Rd., Saint Paul, 651-602-0789  
- Resource Recovery Technologies: 195 Minnehaha Ave. Saint Paul, 651-228-1324
- Twin City Refuse & Recycling Transfer Station, 318 Water St., Saint Paul 651-227-1549
Community Clean Up Events:  Drop off electronics for a nominal fee at your neighborhood clean up event.  Clean Up Events are scheduled May through October each year. 

Call the Ramsey County Hotline at 651-633-3279 (EASY) for more information.

See a list of local electronics recyclers at  

Cell Phone Recycling:  Como Zoo has set up a permanent collection point to collect and recycle unwanted cell phones.  All cell phones collected will be sent to Eco-Cell and Como Zoo will receive funds for each phone donated.  The funds raised will go to Orangutan conservation projects that help preserve one of the most critically endangered species on earth, the Orangutan. 

Drop off your unwanted cell phone in the collection boxes located in the Visitor Center and Primate Building. 

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is partnering with the Saint Paul Public Libraries to make recycling your cell phone even easier!  You may now drop off your unwanted cell phone and accessories at all 13 Saint Paul Public Library locations

Important Note:  It is the responsibility of the donating party to cancel or switch service on the phone and to delete any data such as phone numbers, text messages, emails or documents that might be on the cell phone. 

Phones can also be mailed to Como for recycling:
Cell Phone Recycling
Como Education Department
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103 
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