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Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Tabitha Clark - Marion Star

MARION - While many people have opinions about the junk that is shown on television today, few understand the junk inside a television can be dangerous if not disposed of properly.

That's why the Delaware Knox Marion Morrow Solid Waste District is sponsoring a TV and electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

"We're mainly collecting televisions," said Angie Carbetta of the Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention program. "It is such a problem item to recycle. They cost money to process, and there is nowhere to recycle televisions in Marion."

There will be a $10 fee at the drop-off to recycle televisions. There is no charge for other electronics.

While this collection day will take all electronics, it is a special collection to focus on televisions and raise awareness about electronics waste.

Recycling electronics and televisions saves landfill space, keeps toxins out of the environment and recovers precious metals and recyclable plastic, Carbetta said.


Jeremy Martin of Accurate IT, the company responsible for recycling the electronics for the event, said there are dangerous chemicals inside televisions.

"The CRT tubes and glass contain many hazardous chemicals like mercury and lead," Martin said. "If you throw one of those in a landfill, those chemicals can seep into groundwater."

"The average CRT television has six to eight pounds of lead in it," he said.

Flat screen televisions also pose a problem because their backlighting bulbs can be hazardous.

"It is not recommended to throw away any television," Martin said.

This is the second year that Accurate IT has helped with a TV and electronics waste collection in Marion County.

"We had a really successful collection last year with Accurate IT," she said. "It was our first collection of televisions ever in Marion County. We got 97 televisions and over 19,000 pounds of electronic waste."

Once the move was made from tube televisions to flat screens, Carbetta said, a lot of televisions became ready to recycle.

"People feel really good getting that stuff out of their basements. It's time to get rid of clutter," she said.

Carbetta said residents can drive through the fairgrounds and workers will unload their cars and process the electronics for them.

There is also a senior citizen pick-up funded by the Marion County Council on Aging.

Citizens who need pick-up services are asked to call the Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention Program at 740-223-4120.

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