Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recycle Your E-Waste for FREE in September

September is Electronic Recycling Month!

E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life”. Computers, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products that can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.

Research has estimated that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage in part because consumers are uncertain of how to manage these materials. In addition, the computer industry is continually marketing new and improved products. As manufacturers make these technological advances, consumers follow the saying, “Out with the old and in with the new”. As a result, an overwhelming influx of e-waste is bombarding the world and challenging it to create an environmentally conscious disposal process.

E-waste that is not recycled often ends up in landfills. As a result, toxic substances commonly found in electronics such as lead, cadmium, and mercury have the capability of contaminating land, air, and water. Computers contain an average of 6 pounds of lead. Accumulation of these substances in the environment is toxic to humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms.

Mayor Richard J. Berry announced that the residents of Albuquerque can take their E-waste to the City’s Eagle Rock Convenience Center for FREE recycling during the month of September. The Eagle Rock Convenience Center is located at 6301 Eagle Rock NE (on the north side of town-off I-25 & Alameda to Eagle Rock, just south of the Coronado Airport-& is open 7 days a week 8 am to 5 pm).  The City is expecting an overwhelming response to the FREE promotion and encourage individuals to take advantage of this great deal during the week and avoid the weekend crowds. The City's partners for this event are Intel, KOAT 7,& Natural Evolution, Inc.

For a complete list of items that will be accepted for recycling & answers to other FAQ, visit the Solid Waste Management Department's webpage.

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