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Landfill to host recycling day on May 20

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Summit County will hold its free annual recycling event on Countywide Cleanup Day, Saturday, May 20. Accepted special-waste items include electronics, household hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals.

"This is a great opportunity to make your spring-cleaning projects more environmentally friendly," Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said in a news release. "Proper disposal of these categories of special waste is an effective way to conserve resources, protect our water quality and divert material from the landfill."

The recycling event, free to all Summit County residents and property owners, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Summit Stage Bus Barn, 0222 County Shops Rd., Frisco, next to the County Commons. During last year's event, Summit County collected 24.9 tons of electronics, 117 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 16.6 tons of household hazardous waste.

The collection event is for household items only. Commercial loads are not accepted at the event, but businesses may bring electronics and hazardous waste directly to the SCRAP during regular business hours for recycling or safe disposal. Neither household nor commercial appliances are accepted at the event, but they are accepted at the SCRAP.

When household hazardous waste is improperly disposed of, or dumped down drains or storm sewers, it can seriously damage water quality and aquatic habitats, the release said.

Electronics items accepted at the event include computers, monitors, printers, phones, audio equipment, TVs, tablets and electronics accessories. Colorado law prohibits disposal of electronic devices in landfills. When these products do end up in the landfill, they can leach toxic pollutants.

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The High Country Conservation Center is recruiting volunteers to assist with the May 20 collection event. To volunteer, contact the High Country Conservation Center at 970-668-5703, or visit http://www.highcountryconservation.org.

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