Governor’s office supports computer recycling
DENVER – The Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) recently announced the selection of 15 Colorado sites to host computer recycling events. The Computer and Electronics Recycling Task Force, a public-private group formed by OEMC, examined computer recycling processes and issues within Colorado and has assisted in the design and selection of these events.
The primary goals of the recycling events are to prevent computers, some of which may contain hazardous chemicals, from being dumped in landfills, to educate consumers about the issues surrounding computer waste and to gather data that will serve to mainstream and improve future collection events.
“We want to share our understanding of the issues and feasibility of computer recycling in Colorado,” said Rick Grice, executive director of OEMC. The Task Force’s recommendations will enable Colorado communities to effectively collect, reuse and properly dispose of the growing electronic computer waste, which could otherwise be a nuisance or possible health and safety threat,.
“Colorado is a high-tech hub, and the computer recycling collection events will help balance our state’s technical interests with its environmental responsibilities,” Grice said.
OEMC issued a Community Computer Recycling Events Solicitation throughout the state Feb. 14. OEMC and members of the Task Force evaluated proposals based upon location, community partnerships, local support and availability of matching funds.
The first collection event was hosted by Better Environment Through Technology Recycling, in Colorado Springs April 19-20.
Other collection events will be held from June through September and will cover the eastern prairie to the Western Slope.
OEMC and its partners hope to collect 300,000 pounds of obsolete computer equipment from the events.
OEMC serves as a statewide advocate of energy efficiency through its programs: recycling, composting, wetlands, the development of distributed generation using micro turbines and fuel cells and other emerging energy technologies, biomass and biofuels for Colorado’s rural communities, residential and commercial energy standards and weatherization services to low-income households.
n Summit Recycling Project’s computer recycling event will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 in Dillon.
Monitors, CPUs, keyboards, scanners, printers and other computer peripherals will be accepted. There will be a nominal charge in order to offset overall recycling costs.
n For more information about this and other collection events, contact Susan Castellon at email@example.com or (303) 894-2383 ext.1223 or visit the OEMC Web site at http://www.state.co.us/oemc.
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