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Recycling event seeks electronics

Published 10:32am Saturday, March 9, 2013

For many people, spring is a time to dig through the house and rid their homes of clutter.

However, many of the items homeowners find do not need to go straight into the trash can – and next Friday, a one-day recycling event will give individuals a chance to dispose of household electronics in an environmentally conscious way.

“A lot of times people don’t have anywhere to put these things,” said Sabrina Wood with the Middle Tallapoosa Basin Clean Water Partnership. “It can’t just go in the trash can, and a lot of times it just ends up dumped on the side of the road. There are things in these different items that are hazardous, and this can become hazardous to our water and soil.”

The Alexander City Electronics Recycling Event is sponsored by The Middle Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership and Ecovery LLC. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex football parking lot.

Office electronics, including but not limited to items such as computers, printers and fax machines, will be accepted free of charge.

Wood said there would be a $10 fee for CRT monitors and a $15 charge for televisions, as these items are more costly to recycle.

“Ecovery, the company that will be recycling these items, charges these fees to process the monitors and televisions,” Wood said.

Wood said the Middle Tallapoosa River Basin Clean Water Partnership will pay the fees for the first 50 televisions that are brought in.

“We will be paying the fees for the first 50 televisions because this is so important to us,” Wood said.

This incentive is only available to individuals, as companies are excluded from this promotion.

No big screen televisions will be accepted and only one television per vehicle will be accepted.

Prohibited items include large appliances – such as washers, dryers and refrigerators – as well as light bulbs and lead acid batteries.

“This is your opportunity to go through your attic, storage room and laundry room – chances are you have these items,” Wood said. “This is the time to dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly way.”

For more information, contact Wood at 334-429-8832 or Mauricio Zuleta at Ecovery at 225-245-8245.

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