Old electronics need to be recycled- never just thrown away. Keeping them out of the landfill helps keep the local water supply free of harmful substances like mercury, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and other hazardous chemicals. This article from the Environmental Protection Agency has some excellent information about the issue: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm.
In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Electronics Recycling Day at the Fairgrounds in Jackson makes it easy to responsibly recycle your e-waste.
Electronics Recyling Day Details:
When and Where
Items can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Items to Bring
You can bring any and all old electronics. Computer equipment like monitors, keyboards, towers, laptops, speakers, printers, and printer cartridges can be safely disposed of. They can also safely recycle your used DVD players, VCRS, fax machines, phones and chargers. This list is by no means exhaustive. If it’s electronic and you don’t want it, bring it.
(If you or your business has large amounts of electronic equipment to be recycled, you can schedule a pick-up by calling (731) 422-1965 or (731) 298-4683.)
What Happens to Recycled E-Waste
The plastic and metal components are recycled locally. The other components will go to E-Certified Processors that ensure high standards of environmental responsibility in recycling. Certificates of destruction are available upon request.
The event is nationally sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. Local sponsors include Keep Jackson Beautiful, VIP Magazine, Waste Management, Southeast Recycling and Fiber, Sunrise Recycling, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and First Presbyterian Church.