Electronics recycling event set | SummitDaily.com

Electronics recycling event set


The cost to recycle electronics at this event is:

-$8 per monitor

– $5 per CPU or laptop

– $2 per fax machine or printer

– $15 per TV

– Cell phones, keyboards, and other small electronics will be accepted at no charge. Extremely large items, such as copiers and large-screen TVs, may cost more, depending on weight. Businesses and institutions with more than 50 employees can participate in the event by calling SRP at (970) 668-5703 to make an appointment and paying $0.28 per pound for their material.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit Recycling Project (SRP) will hold the second annual Summit County Used Computer Round-Up on Saturday, Aug. 3. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summit Middle School parking lot in Frisco.

The event, co-sponsored by the State of Colorado Office of Energy Management and Conservation, is a once-a-year chance for Summit County residents and businesses to responsibly and affordably recycle used electronic equipment.

“There is a cost for recycling electronic equipment, and we have to charge a fee to users of this service,” said Carly Wier, SRP’s executive director. “Fortunately, the state of Colorado recognizes safe disposal of electronic equipment as a priority and has helped to fund this event.”

Computers can cost anywhere from $25-$50 to recycle, as they are made of various metals, plastics, and glass. “We are excited for this opportunity to work together (with the state) to remove this potentially hazardous material from the waste stream,” added Wier.

Electronic equipment, and in particular TVs and computer monitors, contain a variety of toxic materials and heavy metals. Lead, cadmium and beryllium are just some of the substances found in electronics that are considered hazardous. And there are more and more obsolete electronics headed for disposal each year.

“It has been estimated that there are over a half million obsolete computers per year in Colorado alone, resulting in over 2,000 tons of lead that could potentially be disposed of in our landfills,” Wier said.

“All of the material collected at this event will be dismantled and recycled in the United States,” noted Wier, “and we feel that the extra cost for responsibly recycling this material is certainly worth it.”

A growing problem associated with the electronics recycling industry has been the environmental and health violations associated with dismantling and recycling operations overseas.

SRP holds collection events for specific waste streams throughout the year. For more information about the electronics collection event or any of SRP’s programs call (970) 668-5703 or e-mail recycle@colorado.net.

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