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Electronic recycling event is No. 14

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.

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.