Dumping fees for monitors, TVs rise this month
The cost of getting rid of unwanted computer monitors and televisions in Nevada County is set to go up later this month.
In September, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring new fees for the disposal of cathode ray tube-containing devices at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
Passage of the ordinance came with a three-month phase-in period before the full cost of disposing of the items was passed on to transfer station users.
As of Jan. 25, disposal fees will be $23 for computer monitors, $28 for televisions and $38 for console televisions.
The fees are necessary to offset the cost of complying with regulations handed down by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, according to the county’s Department of Transportation and Sanitation.
Last year, the state agency declared that computer monitors and televisions contain hazardous materials.
Each CRT contains approximately five to seven pounds of lead and cannot be disposed of in non-hazardous solid waste landfills.
If lead-containing products are disposed of in landfills, the lead can potentially contaminate water supplies, according to DOTS.
People delivering televisions and computer monitors to the transfer station must declare them so they can be properly handled and transported for recycling.
Transfer stations in the town of Washington and in North San Juan are not equipped to accept the items, according to the county. The McCourtney Road Transfer Station is unable to accept computers and televisions from businesses, according to DOTS.
The ordinance requiring disposal fees for televisions and computers was adopted despite concerns that people may resort to illegal dumping to avoid the new fees.
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