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June 17, 2010

Electronics, white goods being collected

Sponsors of the event are Allied Waste, Vintage Tech Recyclers and Cardinal Recycling. The Environmental and Resource Conservation Office hopes to one day …

By Christina Chapman – cchapman@morrisdailyherald.com

 

Since 2008, the Grundy County “E-Waste” Recycling Event has collected almost 62,000 pounds of electronic waste.

 

More and more is collected every year, said Lisa Kneller, technician of the Grundy County Environmental and Resource Conservation Office, so this year the office added an extra day for the event.

 

A business collection will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 18, and a residential collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Both days of the event will be held at Environtech Landfill, 1800 Ashley Road in Morris.

 

“We’ve had a lot of businesses come in the past. Our thinking on adding a business day was from the standpoint that everyone is watching the bottom line and we don’t want businesses incurring any employee costs by having to pay someone to come in on a Saturday to drop off equipment,” Kneller said.

 

The separate days will also stop residents from having to wait in line behind a business dropping off a lot of items, she said.

 

There is no charge for residents to recycle any of the accepted items. Businesses will have to pay only to recycle TVs. The cost is $25 per TV and this cost is only for businesses; residents can recycle TVs for free. In previous years, residents were charged for TVs.

 

The fee for TVs is because of recent legislation involving bans on electronics in landfills, Kneller said.

 

The event is being held rain or shine.

 

In addition to electronics, white goods will also be accepted, including refrigerators, freezers, ranges, ovens, cooktops, washers, dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners and trash compactors.

 

Sponsors of the event are Allied Waste, Vintage Tech Recyclers and Cardinal Recycling.

 

The Environmental and Resource Conservation Office hopes to one day have a permanent location for such collections, but Kneller is happy to be able to continue to hold the event at all.

 

“Some other counties have stopped it all together because they don’t have the money for it, so we consider ourselves fortunate,” she said. “A lot of this is because of our sponsors and volunteers, otherwise all those things add up.”

 

For more information on the event, visit www.grundyco.org or call (815) 941-3214 .