Last day for e-waste |

Last day for e-waste

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Kevin Berg and the Summit Recycling Project are collecting used computer parts - which contain hazardous materials - in an ongoing effort to keep the electronics out of the landfill. The last two computer drop-off events collected 16 tons of computer hardware.

FRISCO – The Summit Recycling Project (SRP) is doing its part to tackle a growing worldwide problem: the proper disposal of e-waste.Today through 5 p.m. is the last time this year SRP is accepting old computers, monitors, TVs, printers, other peripherals, telephones, cell phones, VCR players, stereos and the like.Workers are processing the e-waste at the Frisco Drop-Off Center on Eighth Avenue.This is the third electronics recycling drive this year. The first two drives collected about 16 tons of waste, SRP operations director Kevin Berg said.A state law makes it illegal for businesses to throw TVs and monitors in landfills, SRP executive director Carly Wier said. “But morally, people should not throw away any of their e-waste,” she said. “The reason we hold so many of these events is that people just know instinctively that most electronics are not something that can just be thrown in the trash.”

SRP launched electronics recycling to help businesses with this legal issue and to stymie the flow of heavy metals into landfills. Electronics can contain lead, mercury, cadmium and zinc.SRP accepts a wide range of waste products on a daily basis.At drop-off centers in Breckenridge and Frisco, SRP collects batteries, cell phones, toner cartridges, cardboard, paperboard, glass bottles, motor oil, motor oil filters, paper of all kinds, plastic bottles and tin cans.The Frisco center also accepts scrap metal. The Breckenridge recycling center does not. At the Summit County Landfill, SRP takes appliances, wood waste and household hazardous waste (by appointment only).Both the Frisco center and the Breckenridge center, located on County Road 450, are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are closed Sundays and holidays.The centers are free and open to the public.

Call SRP at (970) 668-5703 for recycling information.Wier said modern recycling efforts are becoming specialized because of the increasing number of production materials and advances in recycling technology. Recycling is not just about waste reduction either. “Our waste stream is getting more toxic year by year. New products with new chemicals are produced every year, but landfills are keeping the same procedures,” Wier said.Trash that is not recycled almost always ends up in the local landfill. Landfill toxicity is an increasing problem. “Imagine taking all the materials in an average home’s trash, like batteries, bleach and cleaning products, and storing it all together. That is what happens at the landfill,” Wier said.Common household chemicals, some highly hazardous alone, mix and react with each other in the landfill. These toxic mixtures eventually make their way into the water table. New products and packaging only multiply the problem, she said.

Wier advised people new to recycling to start with how they shop.”First, look at the products in the store before you buy and find the least toxic,” she said. “Also, consider the waste generated in manufacturing the product. “Second, read all warning labels for toxicity and store them appropriately. Lastly, call Summit Recycling to find out when and where to drop them off.” Summit Recycling has pledged to the community to accept a new recyclable commodity every year. CD’s and other digital storage devices are new for this year and will be accepted starting later this year. Justin Epperly can be reached at

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