Now's the time to gather up your old televisions, computers, monitors, printers, phones and other unused electronic devices and bring them in to be recycled and disposed of properly.
For the sixth year the Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce is hosting an e-waste event, with help from a company specializing in e-waste disposal. Drop off your electronic waste at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a fee for most items.
Nearly 200 participated in last year's event, which had the largest turnout ever. More than 17,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected.
With a few exceptions, anything powered by a cord or battery will be accepted. Here are some ideas of things which can be dropped off:
• Computer equipment: CPUs, monitors, routers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, etc.;
• Computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives, cords, etc. (no CDs or floppy disks);
• Printers: ink jet, laser, dot matrix, all sizes;
• Large office equipment such as copy machines, routers, plotters, multipurpose printers;
• Small office equipment such as calculators, fax machines, scanners;
• Phones: desk phones, wall phones, cell phones;
• Televisions, all sizes;
• Video players and equipment such as DVD, VCR players, cable boxes, camcorders, digital cameras, video cables, etc.
• Game consoles: Gameboy, Nintendo; Play Station, X-Box, Wii, etc.;
• Audio equipment: receivers, CD players, iPod or MP3 players, cassette players, eight-track tape players, record players, speakers, audio cables;
• Batteries (no vehicle batteries);
• Small kitchen appliances: toasters, microwaves, toaster ovens, mixers, blenders, can openers, coffee pots, electric burners, etc.;
• Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, electric toothbrushes, lamps, fans, etc.
• Electronic/electric toys;
• Handheld power tools: saws, sanders, drills, screwdrivers, nail guns, etc.
The following will not be accepted:
• Nothing with refrigerants such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units;
• No stoves, dishwashers, water heaters or other major appliances.
• No automotive batteries.
There is a fee for most items, although cell phones, rechargeable batteries and wires are free.
The cost for televisions depends on the size, with $10 for the smaller ones and increasing to $50 for oversized TVs or consoles; CRT monitors are $15; LCD monitors are $10;
Small electronics are $5 while large electronics (larger than a desktop printer) is $10;
Computer and network related items are $5 each; small desktop printers and laser printers are $15; floor standing printers/copiers are $50; hard drive destruction is $10 per drive.
Each year the e-waste event has brought out more participants, with more items properly disposed of or recycled. The chamber encourages everyone to do a little spring cleaning and bring their electronic waste to the fairgrounds this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.