Can it be recycled?
You bet it can. Maybe not the whole thing … but at least parts of it … all you have to do is get it to the right location. Items such as computers, stereos, TVs, mobile phones and home appliances can very often be refurbished and reused (for example, many consumers throw away fully functional computers, mobile phones and other electronics during upgrades). Perhaps more importantly, their parts can be recycled and made into new electronics components or other consumer products. On the other hand, electronics which are dumped in landfills can release a wide variety of toxins and hazardous substances as the decay over time, including lead, mercury and cadmium. Furthermore they add significantly to the bulk of material going into landfills, due to the fact that they take an eternity to break down.
Thanks to a growing awareness about the importance of recycling electronics, many town dumps are now designating special locations for household electronics which can be recycled – and electronics recycling programs are popping up everywhere nationwide (however recycling laws vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction). Check with your local town hall or 211 information service to find out where to bring your electronics to be recycled.
Residents of Fresno, Calif., and the surrounding area will have a prime opportunity to recycle their old electronics starting on Saturday, July 28, when an Electronic Waste Recycling Event will be held at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds.
According to a press release, the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being sponsored by the Big Fresno Fair and Electronic Recyclers for the purpose of providing a location for recycling electronic waste. There is no limit on how many items you can bring and the event is free of charge. Electronics containing Freon will not be accepted.
The event will be repeated on Sept. 15, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 at the same location. It will not be held in October due to the fair.
The Big Fresno Fairgrounds are located at 1121 S. Chance Avenue, Fresno, Calif., 93702. Enter the parking lot off of Kings Canyon Boulevard, just east of Chance Avenue (Gate 6).
For more information call 559-650-FAIR.
Patrick Barnard is Associate Editor for Customer Interaction Solutions magazine and Assignment Editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.