Wednesday, October 24, 2007

For all of us ITP

Courtesy of St. Mark United Methodist...

Saturday, October 27 • 9 am - 1 pm, Decatur High School parking lot (corner of N. McDonough Street and Howard Avenue)

Don’t throw away that old PC or printer! Save it and recycle it. This semi-annual recycling event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. Batteries, Styrofoam and mercury will also be accepted.
Electronics dropped off that day will be sorted then either shredded and recycled or tested for potential donation or sale. Items may also be disassembled into raw materials and sent to recyclers.

In addition to electronics, any metro area resident can also drop off batteries of any type, Styrofoam peanuts, clean Styrofoam blocks free of foreign objects, and mercury thermometers and thermostats.

"We added the recycling of Styrofoam because it takes up a significant amount of space in landfills and it is not easy for the average citizen to recycle it," says Richard Cohen, chair of Decatur's Waste Management Advisory Board. "Styrofoam does not break down easily in the landfill and there are a host of products today that can be made from recycled Styrofoam."

Last spring’s event diverted 50 tons of electronics from the landfill, almost matching the amount generated from two events in 2006. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Decatur, the Waste Management Advisory Board, ARC International Corp., Cartridge World, The UPS Store Decatur, Chick-Fil-A Downtown Decatur, DreamSan and Decatur High School.