Thinking globally and acting locally, eight area organizations have banned together to host an electronics recycling drive on Saturday, April, 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Delta County residents and businesses are invited to drop off unwanted and unusable electronics on Saturday at either the Delta site in the Aaron's parking lot at 300 Stafford Lane, or the Hotchkiss site in the fairgrounds parking lot.
Electronic equipment is the fastest growing garbage stream in America. Unfortunately, the majority of this e-waste is improperly disposed of — plopped in the garbage bin and taken to be dumped in landfills or burned in incinerators. When dumped or burned, the lead, mercury and other toxic materials inside e-waste can contaminate our soil, water and air.
Recognizing the problem, the Colorado Legislature passed a law to take effect July 1. After that date electronic waste will not be accepted at landfills within the state. To help residents and businesses, and to keep these items from being dumped illegally, the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, TDS, First State Bank of Colorado, Double J Disposal, Alpine Bank of Delta and E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado have come together to offer the recycling day in Delta County.
Most items can be recycled for free, including small appliances, stereos and speakers, video games and consoles, cell phones and telephones, small kitchen appliances, VCRs, Christmas lights, toner and ink cartridges and many more items. On some items, there is a charge, including fees on monitors ($10), TVs ($10-35), large printers ($15) and floor copiers ($50). For more information on the event, and for a complete list of electronic items accepted for recycling on April 27, visit ewasterecyclersofcolorado.com; the joint North Fork Chamber of Commerce website, NorthForkValley.net, or call Nathan Sponseller at 872-5031 or Kami Collins at 874-8616.blog comments powered by Disqus