SRP collects 43,000 Pounds of e-waste
FRISCO – On Saturday, Aug. 3, the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) collected more than 43,000 pounds of used electronics from area residents and businesses.
This volume represents an increase of about 20,000 pounds from last year’s collection event.
“We’re not surprised by the large turn out,” said SRP’s Executive Director Carly Wier, who added that the crowd was reflective of the large number of calls the SRP office received throughout the year about recycling computers and TVs.
The computers, TVs, monitors and other electronic peripherals — also known as e-waste — will be sorted for reuse or shipped across the country to an electronics recycling plant.
“The e-waste stream is a growing concern for communities, governments, and recycling organizations around the nation,” Wier said, “and this is evident in the state of Colorado by the generous support of the Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation.”
The Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) supplied grants to many communities in Colorado, thereby allowing them to hold similar collection events.
“It is very costly to recycle electronics, and many individuals and recycling programs could not afford to hold computer recycling events without the support from the OEMC,” Wier said.
Summit Recycling Project collects more than 20 different recyclables at the recycling drop-off centers in Frisco and Breckenridge, but electronics and household hazardous wastes (such as paint and antifreeze) are not among them.
Some of the bulkier or more hazardous materials must be collected in one-day events.
For residents and businesses that missed the event, Wier suggested storing the materials until next year or calling the SRP office at (970) 668-5703 for electronic recycling options on the Front Range.
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