Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

County offering electronic recycling day

September 7, 2006

Johnson County Environmental will give county residents an opportunity to rid themselves of old computers, televisions, stereos, cell phones, VCRs and other broken or outdated electronic equipment.

The Environmental Electronic Recycling Day will be Sept. 16 at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe.

Volunteers will be in the parking lot at Sunset Office Park at the northwest corner of Ridgeview and 119th St.

Required appointments can be made by calling Johnson County Environmental at (913) 715-6900.

There will be a charge of $10 to $25 for monitors, televisions and large printers. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Volunteers will not accept console TVs, toys, appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, toasters or blenders.

No business waste will be accepted.

Anyone with 10 or more computers is asked to call Surplus Exchange at (816) 472-0444 to schedule a pickup.

It is estimated from 2006 through mid-2007, 315 to 600 million desktop and laptop computers will become obsolete, according to EPA and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

Electronic waste contains hazardous materials, which should be diverted from landfills. Improper discarding of these and other electronics can pollute the soil, air and water with lead, mercury and cadmium.

For more information, visit jced.jocogov.org, call (913) 715-6900, or e-mail questions to jocoenvdept@jocogov.org.

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