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March 23, 2014

Electronics recycling offered Saturday

Observer & Eccentric

Electronics recycling offered

The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County and Vintage Tech Recyclers have teamed up to host three e-waste collection events this year. The first one will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Power Park, 45175 W. 10 Mile, Novi. This event is open to the public.

Accepted items include televisions, VCRs, DVD players, game consoles, computers, laptops, monitors, printers, copy machines and much more.

Last year, RRRASOC and Vintage Tech collected and processed nearly 83.5 tons of obsolete e-waste. That may sound like just a pile of old broken TVs and printers, but it represents 11,543 gallons of gas conserved; 2,849 trees saved; 109,115 plastic bottles recycled; and 485,650 aluminum cans recycled.

Electronic waste makes up about 2 percent of the materials that are placed in landfills, but equals 70 percent of the overall toxic waste. When hazardous items are sent to the landfill, toxins such as lead and other heavy metals can leach into the soil and water stream.

For more information, visit www.rrrasoc.org or call 248-208-2270.