November 10, 2012

Clean out the basement


The city of Peru will host a free electronics recycling event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the municipal building, 1901 Fourth St. The city encourages area businesses, schools and residents to bring old, unwanted electronics.


The city has teamed up with Vintage Tech Recyclers of Romeoville to provide a responsible electronics recycling service. Vintage Tech is an e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 certified company that has partnered with several Illinois counties and communities throughout the state to allow residents to drop off electronics free of charge.


Vintage Tech assures customers that all electronics are properly handled and recycled and all hard drives are protected using NIST 800-88 compliant software wiping. Vintage Tech staff members and volunteers will be on site to unload vehicles and separate material.


On Jan. 1, 2012, a mandatory landfill ban went into effect. It prohibits old electronics such as TVs, computers, stereos and other items from going into the landfill.


Items accepted include computers, monitors, LCDs, cell phones, printers, scanners, CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, game players and joysticks, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines, copiers, postage meters, etc.