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Old 10-09-2015, 03:23 PM
 
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Are 20-40 year old turntables and speakers considered electronics? I get charged for recycling electronics. Can I just throw them in the trash?
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:09 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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That depends on the policies of your local collectors. I would consider them not to be recyclable, however, because even if "solid State" or "transistor" they don't have the heavy metals that are in modern computerized circuit boards.
To be safe, I would smash them up as much as possible and put into closed trash bags. There's no way they could trace them back to you but if not allowed, might refuse to take it if they see it. Here we had 2-3 free electronics recycling days a year at a local school on a weekend, same for hazardous waste, and appliances, even tires. The county sponsors them.
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:37 AM
 
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Here we had 2-3 free electronics recycling days a year at a local school on a weekend, same for hazardous waste, and appliances, even tires. The county sponsors them.
I pulled apart the oldest turntable and there were no printed circuit boards or chips. Only electromechanical parts (wires, magnets, batteries, etc) I am going to throw this one away, but the newer ones look like they might have chips and circuit boards.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:13 AM
 
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Are 20-40 year old turntables and speakers considered electronics? I get charged for recycling electronics. Can I just throw them in the trash?
Are there no Best Buy stores where you live?
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Are there no Best Buy stores where you live?
I thought they just take TVs!
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Old 10-10-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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I thought they just take TVs!
Maybe it's regional, but mine takes everything. They open in like 10 minutes though.
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:12 AM
 
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Maybe it's regional, but mine takes everything. They open in like 10 minutes though.
Thank you very much for this simple advice. I was wrestling with a non problem.
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Old 10-11-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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Good Will takes virtually all electronics. They will either sell or tear apart and recycle. I will be taking some old stereo equipment there (CD and DVD player, cassette tape deck.) Some people really like the old turntables (I gave my really old one to my nephew, who was thrilled.) You might check with any "vintage" stereo stores around you to see if they will buy it from you.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Local communities get choosy-picky. If I call waste management, they only want TV or computer. I was told to throw old stereo receiver in trash. If I go to the county dump recycle station, they will take anything, TV, computer, printer, receiver, VCR along with paint, yard chemicals, BBQ tanks.
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:41 AM
 
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Digital cameras, computers, TVs, printers, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones & chargers, DVDs, CDs, video & audio tapes, pagers, ink cartridges, along with other electronics which you don’t use anymore and want to get rid of are known as “e-waste” or “technotrash”. A few of these items contain harmful components like mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, and brominated flame retardants.
Don’t put your old electronic products or batteries when you look at the trash (regardless of if it’s legal in your state). The toxics inside these items don’t belong into the landfill. When your product can be reused, donate it to a reputable reuse organization, that won’t export it unless it’s fully functional.
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