North Augusta monitors electronics recycling event

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Recycling is a priority for Jill Chin.

James Mann (left), of Creative Recycling of Palmetto, Ga., and John Diggs, a cadet at the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon, arrange computer components on a pallet during an electronics recycling event at Fort Discovery.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
James Mann (left), of Creative Recycling of Palmetto, Ga., and John Diggs, a cadet at the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon, arrange computer components on a pallet during an electronics recycling event at Fort Discovery.

"I hate throwing anything in the trash," said Ms. Chin, who brought a number of items to the CSRA Environmental Education Cooperative's electronics and glass-recycling event outside Fort Discovery on Jan. 26.

Ms. Chin lives in an apartment complex that doesn't have recycling, and she often takes her items to a recycler so they won't end up in the landfill.

This is the second electronics recycling event the organization has held.

"We had over 33,000 pounds, about 40-something pallets" at the July event, said Cheryl Zimmerman Wynn, the organization's recycling committee chairwoman.

Computers, monitors, software and batteries were among the items recycled.

Ms. Wynn said that electronic items improperly disposed of can leach harmful materials such as lead, mercury and barium into the environment when they are decomposing. These elements are released into the air and find their way into groundwater supplies.

New to this year's event was glass recycling.

"We want to show there is a need for glass recycling," she said. Strategic Materials of College Park, Ga., handled the glass recycling.

Watching this year's event was Sonya Lindley, superintendent of sanitation and recycling for the city of North Augusta. For several years, the city has held a hazardous household chemicals recycling event, but in March it will sponsor an electronics recycling day.

"I wanted to come out and help if they needed me to," she said.

She said she wanted to see how this event was conducted to give her an idea of what to expect for North Augusta's next month.

Ms. Wynn said another electronics recycling event will be held on July 26. She hopes to add another recycling element. Carpet is one item she'd like to see disposed of properly, she told Ms. Chin.

The CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative includes 27 member organizations from the public and private sector.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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