Recycling reduces landfill hazards

About 100,000 pounds of electronics have been diverted from landfills through the CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative's biannual recycling events.

"There's lead in computers, which is a neurotoxin," said Cheryl Wynn, the recycling committee chairwoman for the education cooperative. "There's barium, chromium, mercury, cadmium. If left in the landfill, they can leach into the groundwater and air."

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, the organization, which includes 26 member groups, will sponsor a recycling event at Fort Discovery.

"After Christmas is a great time to do this as people clear out their old electronics," she said.

Most of the items accepted are computer-related -- desktop and laptop computers, monitors, servers, hubs, routers, Zip and floppy drives, scanners, printers and ink cartridges. Other acceptable items include cell phones, adding machines, answering machines and portable phones. Items that are not accepted include kitchen appliances, washers and dryers and wood speakers.

All of these items can be dropped off without a fee. Televisions will be accepted, but there is a $10 fee to recycle them.

The organization contracts with Creative Recycling of Tampa, Fla. Ms. Wynn said the education cooperative has researched Creative Recycling and believes it to be a reputable recycler.

"There was a little bit of controversy; sometimes these items end up in Third World countries," she said.

Creative Recycling has been in business since 1994 and has eight recycling facilities in six Southeastern states, including three in Florida.

For more information, call Ms. Wynn at (706) 821-0224 or visit www.csraesec.org.

Reach Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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