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January 14, 2014

Aurora announces electronic recycling dates

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Beacon-News Staff January 8, 2014 4:52PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 2:23AM

AURORA — As 2014 begins, the city is again encouraging residents to safely recycle old and unwanted electronics through Aurora’s free electronic recycling program.

This year’s collection events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 15, April 12, May 10, June 7, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

Central Garage, 720 N. Broadway Ave.: Jan. 25, Feb. 15, March 29, April 26, May 24, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.

Eligible electronics that will be collected include monitors, computers (both PCs and Macs), laptops, televisions, printers, fax machines, scanners, computer accessories (mouses, keyboards and modems), video game consoles, telephones, answering machines, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3 players, cameras, camcorders, servers and networking equipment, DVD players, stereos, and VCRs. Microwaves are the only kitchen appliances accepted for recycling.

Large appliances such as air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators and freezers; smaller appliances including toasters and coffee makers; and household hazardous waste materials are not accepted.

Aurora residents recycled more than 156 tons — the equivalent weight of the Statue of Liberty — in 2013, according to Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli.

The city began a free electronics recycling program in 2010 and expanded the program year-round in 2012 when a new state law barred electronics from being disposed in landfills.

Vintage Tech Recyclers, Aurora’s vendor, continues to offer front-door collection service to Aurora residents by appointment only. The list of eligible electronics remains the same, but a maximum of 10 items, with at least one item, being a television, computer or printer, will be accepted per pickup.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 630-305-0922 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All electronics should be placed at the front door before 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

The home electronics recycling collection is available for those who have front doors at ground level. The service is not available to second floor or higher units. For more information, visit www.vintagetechrecyclers.com.

For more information on city of Aurora collection, call the Customer Service Center at 630-256-INFO.