Old phone, computers can go here

The National Science Center's Fort Discovery will hold a recycling drive Saturday for electronic items ranging from old computers to unused remote controls.


CSRA Public Electronics Recycle Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

The CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative encouraged the project to raise awareness about recycling and to encourage proper electronics disposal, said Cheryl Wynn, the program manager at Fort Discovery and former leader for the cooperative.

"Computers have toxic chemicals, so when people dispose of them improperly that can be dangerous," she said.

Electronics that are not recycled often end up in landfills and the by-products eventually reach streams and other waterways, Ms. Wynn said.

Saturday's event will hopefully keep thousands of pounds of toxic waste out of local and national landfills, she said. The recycle day is held twice a year, and each time about 25,000 pounds of equipment is recycled, Ms. Wynn said.

"There's always a steady flow of people," she said. "They'll be lined up one car after another."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.


WHAT: CSRA Public Electronics Recycle Day

WHEN/WHERE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED: Computers, monitors, desktop CPUs, LCD-display laptops, notebook computers, CD/CDRW drives, DVD, hard, floppy and Zip drives, scanners, printers, fax machines, adding machines, cell phones, cordless phones, answering machines, pagers, personal digital assistants, data cartridges, PC and digital cameras, servers, routers, hubs and remotes. Televisions may be dropped off for a fee of $10.

WHAT CAN'T BE RECYCLED: Washers and dryers, wood speakers and kitchen appliances.

CONTACT: David Keel at (706) 821-0619