Closets and corners cluttered with retired electronics? Looking for a earth-friendly way to clear out? Load up old electronics, computers and accessories and bring them to the Fayette County Earth Day celebration. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., April 16 J.C. Booth Middle School Beta Club students will be at the Stonewall Government Complex at Hwy 54 and 85 in Fayetteville to accept electronics for recycling.
You can bring these items to the Earth Day event, or to the school at 250 Peachtree Pkwy. S.:
• ink and toner cartridges from printers and postage machines
• cellphones, PDAs, iPods and digital cameras
• laptops, GPS devices, graphing and scientific calculators
• game systems, games and DVDs (in original cases)
J.C. Booth students will also accept the following electronic items only at the event:
• computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, input devices and drives
• routers, hubs, servers, modems, circuit boards and wires
• telephones, answering machines, pagers
• ideo and stereo components, including cameras, players, projectors, cords and cables
Fayette County residents have many options for properly disposing of retired handheld electronics; computer, imaging and entertainment pieces; and items like telephones and answering machines. These items contain parts that can be reclaimed and metals that can be harmful to the environment if thrown away, so it is best to send them to a reputable recycler.
Year round J.C. Booth PTO sends handheld items to Cartridges for Kids, an EPA-registered, Department of Defense-approved electronics recycler for a cash reward. Some items are refurbished for reuse. Others are broken down for recycling in CFK’s Loveland, Colo., plant.
Items in the second list can be taken to the Fayette County Transfer Station at 211 First Manassas Mile Rd., Fayetteville, which is open Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Peachtree City residents can take them to the recycling center off Rockaway Road Wed., 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. or Sat., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Collected electronics are shipped to Creative Recycling in Florida to be shredded, separated into material components, and then recycled. (crserecycling.com)
Newer, working computers, printers and software can often be donated for reuse. Check with local thrift stores and www.VolunteerPublishing.net for needs and contact information.
Some local merchants also offer electronics recycling programs and can accept TVs, used batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs. Check with them, Earth911.org or 1800recycling.com for more information.
• Batteries Plus in Peachtree East Shopping Center: used batteries
• Best Buy: TVs, video players, computers, monitors, audio/video cables, appliances
• Home Depot & Lowe’s: compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries
• Office Depot & Staples: computers, monitors, peripheral devices, office machines
Fayette County Earth Day is a free event highlighting sustainable practices, and offering green market vendors with eco-friendly products, educational presentations, on-site recycling and the live music of Tim McGee. Winners of the Fayette County schools Redesign Art Contest will be announced. Radio station 92.5 The Bear will broadcast live from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. A jump house, children’s activities and snack vendors will be on site.
If you have many items to items to donate, or would like to start a collection at your workplace, please contact Terri Borden at 770-573-9937 or PTCrecycles@gmail.com. To learn more today, visit www.jcbooth.org/recycling.html and www.fayettecoearthday.org.