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E-Cycle Event for Proper Handling of Electronics

For more info contact:

Lynne Hart, Executive Coordinator, KeepALBeautiful@att.net or 256.233.8728

Marsha Patterson, Recycling Coordinator, Recycling44@yahoo.com or 256.233.8000

 

(ATHENS, AL) – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is sponsoring another Electronics Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 17th at the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center located at 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd., just south of Hwy. 72 in Athens.  The center will accept electronics from residents of ANY county, not just Limestone!

This event will be held rain or shine.  Signs will guide recyclers to the back of the building where unloading will take place under cover.  Volunteers will be available to help unload your vehicle.

Most items will be accepted free-of-charge, however, there will be an $8 collection fee for each cathode ray tube computer monitor or TV set (CRTs are the non-flat screen units). 

The fee for disposal of CRT TV sets and monitors is necessary to cover fees charged to the Recycling Center for proper disposal of these items.  CRT TV sets and monitors may contain several pounds of lead, which is toxic.  When broken or destroyed, such as when placed in a landfill or incinerator, lead is released into the environment. 

When properly recycled, the lead and other precious metals obtained from electronics can be reused, thus reducing the need for mining these materials.

KALB plans to continue hosting these e-cycle events approximately 3-4 times per year.   Items brought in for recycling at previous events included old telephones, fax machines, printers, stereos, laptop computers, and rechargeable batteries, and many other items.  Dozens of people have brought in old CRT monitors and television sets happy to pay the disposal fees to know they are handled properly.

“This community has become accustomed to these events and people are putting their electronics aside for e-cycling rather than sending them to the landfill,” said Lynne Hart, Executive Coordinator of KALB.  Bill Wojciechowski, Recycling Plant Manager, agrees that those participating in these events have a true concern for the environment and are willing to make the effort to do the right thing.

The United States generates some 3-million tons of electronic waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promotes recycling of obsolete electronics. Despite widespread state laws prohibiting such disposal, an estimated 70 percent of these potentially hazardous items end up in landfills. That doesn’t have to be the case in Limestone County.

Items accepted at no charge during this event include flat screen TV sets and flat screen computer monitors, desktop computers, laptop computers, keyboards and mice, printers, scanners, copy machines, VCRs, stereos, radios, tape players, CD players, cell phones, telephones, fax machines, electronic games, power or network cables, switching boxes, modems, docking stations, CD ROMs, hard drives, printed circuit boards, routers, resistor capacitors, diodes,  rechargeable batteries, and more. For more information call the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Recycling Hotline at 256-233-8000 or send e-mail to Recycling44@yahoo.com