Recycle old electronics for free Saturday
Jan 10, 2013 (The Knoxville News-Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Residents have the chance this weekend to safely dispose of old computers and other electronics, keeping them out of the landfill, and contributing to some worthy causes at the same time.
The city of Knoxville and Knox County are partnering with several organizations to host a "Plug Into Your Community" eCycling event Saturday.
The free electronic recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the midway parking lot at Chilhowee Park on North Beaman Street -- rain, snow or shine. This is a drive-thru, drop-off event -- participants won't even have to leave their vehicles.
Acceptable items include PC systems, CPUs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, lap tops, modems, hard drives, speakers, power cords, power strips, cables, cell phones, desktop copiers and fax machines.
Recycling the devices allows for the salvage of hazardous metals and other materials, such as mercury, lead, chromium and cadmium.
Also accepted will be small household appliances such as radios, microwaves, stereos, vacuum cleaners, toner/ink cartridges, docking stations, CD-ROMs, small TVs, rechargeable batteries, telephones and cassette tape players.
Participants also will be eligible to win a widescreen TV from Best Buy.
The event supports the Optimist Club of West Knoxville and the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad.
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