Charger & Adaptor Recycling

Can phone chargers be recycled?

Yes, phone chargers can be recycled. Most cell phone chargers are made of plastic and metal components that can be safely and effectively recycled. 

Can I recycle my old laptop charger?

Yes, you can recycle your old laptop charger. Many recycling centers accept electronics for proper disposal and/or recycling of materials. Cohen offers e-waste recycling services that cover old laptop chargers, phones and other electronic products. 

Why would I need to recycle an adapter?

Recycling your adapter is important for a few reasons. Firstly, electronic waste can be extremely damaging to the environment if it’s not disposed of properly. By recycling your adapter, you can help prevent pollutants from entering the air, water, and soil. Additionally, recycling your adapter will also help conserve natural resources by preventing energy and raw materials from being wasted. As well, recycling your adapter ensures that its components are safely collected and processed instead of ending up in landfills or improperly disposed of. Finally, by recycling your adapter you’re helping protect the environment for future generations.

How do I dispose of an AC DC adapter?

Yes, you should recycle an AC DC adapter. It is important to properly dispose of items such as these that contain harmful chemicals and materials. AC/DC adapters usually contain a number of components such as circuit boards and transformers which are made with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury. These substances can be hazardous if they are not disposed of correctly.

What are the consequences of not recycling a charger or adapter?

The consequences of not recycling a charger or adapter can be detrimental both to the environment and our health. The materials used in chargers and adapters are often hazardous, containing chemicals like lead, mercury, and cadmium. When these products are thrown away as regular trash, their hazardous components can leach into soil and water. This pollution can contaminate the environment and threaten public health, which can have long-term impacts on ecosystems and wildlife. Additionally, these materials are not biodegradable and will remain in landfills for centuries. Recycling these products ensures that their hazardous components are safely disposed of, reducing environmental pollution and protecting human health. 

What recyclable materials are in chargers and adapters?

Chargers and adapters typically contain recyclable materials such as plastic, aluminum, copper, and steel. Depending on the size and complexity of the charger or adapter, other potentially recyclable materials may also be present. Although Cohen only recycles metal, learn more about where to recycle non-metal materials.

Can I make money from recycling my chargers and adapters?

Recycling chargers and adapters is a great way to get paid, but it’s more than just tossing them in the bin. Factors like hazardous waste can mean extra handling and create small fees for recyclers. Even with a small fee, you’re making the world around you greener and your own life leaner – helping both the environment and economy while decluttering at home. 

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Cohen operates several public and commercial recycling centers in Ohio and Kentucky.

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