Is there a safe way to dispose of lead solder waste?

Like used sponges, PCBs, tips, etc.

Should I place it in a bag, label it and throw it to a battery disposal boxes I see here and there?

  • \$\begingroup\$ This probably depends on your location, legislation and abilities to dispose stuff. \$\endgroup\$
    – PlasmaHH
    Jul 2, 2015 at 13:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ I live in a country that have very limited regulations with regards to recycling and I can't find anything with regard to small amounts of hazardous materials. Still, is there anything I can do? I'd rather not throw it to the garbage. @PlasmaHH \$\endgroup\$
    – shinzou
    Jul 2, 2015 at 13:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Lead solder or lead-free? If you're not involved in a business there may be a household hazardous waste depot you can drop it off at for free (for example, used for CFL lamps, paint, lead acid batteries etc.). How are you supposed to dispose of unwanted electronic products in your area? \$\endgroup\$ Jul 2, 2015 at 13:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Solder with lead, there's nothing to worry about with lead free no? I'm not involved with a business unfortunately. There's no regulations for disposing electronics, people just throw it in the garbage. @SpehroPefhany \$\endgroup\$
    – shinzou
    Jul 2, 2015 at 13:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ The trick is to not make your water source and your garbage dump the same place. Pro-tip: Throw the garbage into the lead mine! \$\endgroup\$
    – HighInBC
    Nov 5, 2015 at 0:43

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Do a web search on recycle solder waste and you'll find plenty of companies that will pay money for it (if you have enough) presumably they will accept small quantities from walk-in customers (and perhaps by mail). circuitboards may be harder to dispose of as the substrate has negative monetary value


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