On Jan. 1, disposal options will change for all televisions and all heavy tube style computer monitors in north central Arkansas.

The White River Regional Solid Waste Management District announced that TVs and tube style computer monitors will no longer be accepted at district electronic waste collection centers because of a backlog of these items and because of the high cost of disposal of large quantities of them in specialized landfills.

Individual consumer electronics, categorized as universal waste by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, are not considered to be hazardous and can be taken to public transfer stations and landfills in the White River District for proper disposal in a class one landfill.

Residents should contact their local waste facility prior to drop-off. A list of permitted waste transfer stations and public landfills can be found on the district website at www.WhiteRiverRecycles.org.

Most other electronic waste items (including hard drives, undamaged flat screen monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, phones, cameras, peripherals, cords, games and accessories, etc.) that are intact will still be accepted at area electronic waste collection centers in the district’s service area.

A complete list of items eligible for recycling and a list of nearby collection centers can be found on the district’s website at www.White RiverRecycles.org.

The White River District’s recycling and electronic waste recycling centers are operated by local governments and supported with limited grant and local assistance along with revenue from the sale of recyclables.

The economic downturn in 2020 has made it especially difficult for centers to cover operational costs given the historically low revenues received for recycled materials. As with any business, responsible management necessitates taking only materials that will generate income. Unfortunately broken and old TVs and monitors have no market value and are very expensive to recycle so they can no longer be accepted.

For more information, contact your local electronic waste collection center as listed on the website or contact the White River District offices in Batesville at 870-793-5233.