Source: Florida DEP
Electronic equipment is everywhere in modern life. Both per capita ownership and discards of TVs, computers, tablets, smart phones and other electronics will likely increase rapidly for the forseeable future.
Unwanted electronics should be recycled to recover and reuse the product itself or materials like copper, steel, glass that the product contains. Other materials like lead (in the solder on circuit boards; in the glass cathode ray tube (CRT) found in many televisions and computer monitors; in the batteries in uninterruptible power supplies) and mercury (in the fluorescent backlights in many flat panel displays) can be recycled to reuse the materials and to reduce the chance that these toxic materials could be released to the environment.
As more electronics recyclers open or expand their businesses in Florida, recycling is becoming more convenient and cheaper. Some businesses even buy unwanted computers and cell/smart phones for reuse or recycling.