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Electrical cords, plugs and wires

How to safely dispose of electrical cords

Small quantities of electrical cords

Put broken and used electrical cords and wires in your black cart as garbage.

Large quantities of electrical cords

Some private metal recyclers m​ay buy scrap metal, charge a fee or accept items for free. Find options at The Yellow Pages under Metal Recycling or contact these local metal recyclers:

You can also take old electrical cords to a City landfill for scrap metal recycling. Landfill charges will apply.

This includes:

  • Extension cords and power bars
  • Electrical plugs and wires
  • Network and ethernet cables (CAT5, blue cables etc.)
  • Coaxial cables
  • Phone cords

Why can’t electrical cords go in the blue cart?

When items like hoses, electrical cords and other string-like items end up at the sorting facility, it gets all wrapped up and tangled with the good recyclables. This results in a major hazard for the workers and halts the sorting process.

Landfill locations listed below:

Electrical cords
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