How to Dispose of an Old Stereo Receiver

by Dusty Snoke

In 2007, according to the EPA, Americans dumped 2.2 million tons of electronic waste, including stereo receivers, into municipal landfills. The stereo receivers dumped into landfills included materials such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury. All of these materials pose a danger to humans and the environment if not disposed of properly. Recycling is a better choice for disposing of stereo receivers. This is due to a metric ton of circuit boards containing 40 to 800 times the gold ore mined in the United States. The same metric ton contains 30 to 40 times the amount of copper ore.


Resell stereo receivers at a local pawn shop, Internet resell site or in the classified section of the newspaper.


Donate working stereo receivers to a local charity thrift shop or Goodwill. Contact the thrift store or Goodwill to arrange a pick up or to determine drop-off times.


Recycle nonworking stereo receivers at a local recycling facility. The EPA provides a list of websites that provide electronic recycling information. (See Resources)


Dispose of the nonworking stereo receiver at the local household hazardous waste drop-off, if recycling is not available. Contact the community public works department to determine the drop-off location, dates and times.

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About the Author

Dusty Snoke has been writing professionally since 2010. She writes for several online publications and local businesses on subjects including event planning, travel, nutrition and parenting. Snoke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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