Electronic recycling event is No. 14

Published 12:14 pm Friday, November 6, 2009

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Keep Decatur County Beautiful will host an electronic recycling event at Decatur County Fairgrounds, located at 1213 Vada Hwy., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local residents will be able to drop off old personal computers, monitors, LCD screen/flat screen monitors, VCR’s, radios, stereos, DVD players, microwaves, power supplies, rechargeable batteries, vacuums, banking equipment, telephones, pagers, networking equipment, laptops, keyboards, mice, power cables, medical equipment (non-hazardous), printers, copy machines, fax machines, cell phones, transformers, scanners, portable electronic devices, servers, HUBS, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, remotes, modems, projectors, cameras and televisions ($10 per set charge to leave TV’s).

Items not accepted are refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, mercury-containing devices (thermometers, fire alarms), hazardous chemicals/materials, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and bio-waste. However, appliances are accepted at the Decatur County landfill.

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The Wall Street Journal called electronic waste “the world’s fastest growing and potentially most dangerous waste problem.”

Computer monitors contain an average of 4 pounds of lead plus small amounts of other forms of toxins including mercury and cadmium.

Volunteers are needed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the 14th.

For information or to volunteer, call Keep Decatur County Beautiful at 246-3611.