Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs is teaming up with Midwest Recycling Center to sponsor its annual electronics recycling event on October 12 from 8 a.m. to Noon at Pointe of Hope Church, 1215 NW Highway 7, Blue Springs. Participants must enter from the south along NW Jefferson Street; no entry will be allowed from Highway 7.
The 2013 Electronics Recycling Event is open to all residents and businesses from Blue Springs and surrounding areas. Residency is not required to participate in this event.
"Recycling electronic waste not only conserves landfill space, but also helps recover important natural resources, like silver and gold, for reuse," said Lauren Gowdy, event coordinator. "This helps conserve energy and raw materials needed to manufacture new electronic equipment."
Accepted items include anything with a power cord or battery including but not limited to appliances, computers and components, DVD players, cameras, audio equipment, cables and power cords, lead-acid and rechargeable batteries. Televisions are also accepted, but require a fee for proper disposal. Televisions under 27” are $15 and televisions larger than 27” are $35. Not accepted items include Compact Disks, DVDs, tapes, alkaline batteries, office furniture, thermostats, light bulbs, smoke detectors and alarms.
Electronic waste includes toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium and carcinogenic substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). A typical computer contains 6% lead by weight. Without proper disposal, these substances can end up in landfills where there is a potential for the toxins to eventually end up in the water or air.
For specific item questions, call Lauren Gowdy at (816) 220-4504. This event is presented by the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department. For more information about the event, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. The City welcomes volunteers for the electronics recycling event. To sign up as a volunteer to assist in unloading cars, please call (816) 220-4504.
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