Electronic Drop off (E-Waste)

Maumelle Public Works, in partnership with the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District, manage the Electronic Recycling program also known as E-Waste. E-waste is broken down into its component parts; precious/toxic metals are extracted, and then the various materials are recycled or disposed of safely.

Residents may dispose of e-waste at no charge at the Pulaski County Electronic Collection Center in Maumelle at 600 Cogdell Drive.

It is located inside The City of Maumelle’s Recycling Collection Center & Transfer Station. E-waste is collected on a pallet located outside by the green Electronics Collection trailer.

What is E-Waste?

E-waste includes televisions, computers, audio/visual equipment, cell phones, answering machines, fax machines, microwave ovens, digital cameras, electronic space heaters, thermostats, toys, musical greeting cards or any consumer electronic devices.

E-waste is any consumer product which contains a circuit board, mercury thermostat or has an electronic screen larger than 4 inches.

Dropping Off E-Waste

No materials may leave the station once dropped off.  All materials go to ESSCO Environmental which hauls them directly to the federal prison in Texarkana, Texas for processing and recycling. If possible remove the hard drive, however, if not removed it is guaranteed by the prison that it will be destroyed. We do impose a limit of 5 computers dropped off per resident. If you have more than that or operate a business you are encouraged to contact ESSCO Environmental directly at 479-899-6443 for information on how to dispose of your computers.

E-waste content cannot be placed in regular municipal solid waste or recycling bins because their lead, copper, mercury or chromium components can pollute the environment. They are banned from disposal (garbage) but may be safely disposed through the drop-off and event programs held at Verizon Arena in the Spring and Fall each year. This State-certified program is operated by Pulaski County Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District, on behalf of the cities and is held at various locations throughout the county.

The Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District works with Pulaski County jurisdictions in the areas of garbage and yard waste collection, composting, recycling, tires, and household chemicals. The cities and the County provide their own services, but use a regional approach to achieve system efficiencies through contract negotiation and administration. The recycling contractor was carefully chosen to ensure the e-waste is properly handled (no waste is sent overseas). They maintain six centers especially for drop off disposal of household, residential quantities of computers, printers, televisions, VCRs, cell phones, and microwaves. More Information can be found on the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District website.

Electronics Recycling Acceptable Items

The following electronics are acceptable and should be dropped off next to the green trailer (for no fee):
  • Answering machines
  • Any electronic cable
  • Audio / visual equipment
  • Audio cassettes
  • Calculators
  • Camcorders
  • CD Rom drives (CDs / DVDs)
  • Cell phones
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer Mouses
  • Computers
  • Connectors
  • Copy Machines
  • Cords
  • Digital cameras
  • DVD players
  • Fax machines
  • Floppy drives / Hard drives
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • Memory chips
  • Microwaves
  • Network / Video / Sound cards
  • Pagers
  • Paper shredder
  • PDAs
  • Phones
  • Power supplies
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Scanners
  • Stereos
  • Tape players / recorders
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • TVs
  • VCR tapes
  • VCRs
  • Wire

Not Acceptable Electronics Recycling Items

The following items are not accepted at the Maumelle Recycling Collection Center and Transfer Station or from the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District:
  • Air Conditioners
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Sharps (hypodermic needles)
  • Tires
  • Wet paint
  • Batteries (household or vehicle)