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Recycle e-waste this weekend

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By Jennifer Garcia

Get your electronic waste ready. The second monthly Electronic Waste and TV Recycling Event will be held at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Saturday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Just like last month, staff from Albuquerque Recycling Inc. will be on hand, along with volunteers and environmental services staff, who will all work to collect and pack trucks with recycled materials.

The Eco Station Officially opened for business last month after the Environmental Department came and did a permit inspection. Eco Station staff endured training on identifying unacceptable waste like hazardous liquid and waste in order to ready themselves for the inspection.

In addition, they received training on procedures and what to do in an emergency, in case of a fire or a spill and what to do in an evacuation situation.

“The told the Environmental Department that they were ready for the final permit inspection,” Environmental Services Manager Regina Wheeler said. “They did the inspection … and they passed with flying colors.”

Though the Eco Station has only officially been open for a month, staff accepted e-waste at the facility last month, as well.

Previously, the county held annual e-recycling events at Sullivan Field, but in an effort to capture more electronics for recycling, Wheeler and her staff decided to hold monthly events at the Eco Station.

“We would fill two semi trucks when we had annual events. With the monthly events, we’re hoping to cut down on people’s wait in line each time,” Wheeler said.

Those worried about recycling computers because of personal information stored on hard drives can rest a little easier. Albuquerque Recycling has the capability to do certificates of destruction on hard drives so that they are wiped and drilled and won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Albuquerque Recycling Inc. usually charges $5 per TV set that is recycled, but that won’t be the case on Saturday because the county is going to pick up the cost of dropping off old TVs. “We want to help people recycle their old TV so they can switch over to HD,” Wheeler said.

The Saturday event is free to everyone who has old electronics that they need to get rid of. Everything from TVs to calculators, computers, monitors, battery back-ups, printers, phones, computer games, stereo components, LCD screens, cords, keyboards and scanners will be taken and recycled.

If you can’t make it to the Saturday event, don’t worry. The Eco Station accepts e-waste and TVs for recycling on weekdays, as well. In addition, e-waste will be collected at the Eco Station on the second Saturday of each month.