Fall Electronics Recycling Day

If you are in the metro-Atlanta area, this weekend is your chance to purge some of those old electronics, computers, televisions, and cell phones that may be piling up in your garage, home office, or basement.

On Saturday, October 25, the Decatur Fall 2008 Electronics Recycling event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Decatur High School parking lot, on the corner of N. McDonough St. and W. Howard Avenue. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water.

In addition to electronics, any metro area resident can also drop off batteries of any type, and Styrofoam peanuts and blocks as long as they are free from debris. And for the first time, televisions will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash per set (with exact change). There is no charge to recycle other objects. Other items that may be recycled include desktop and laptop computers, telephones, mini-towers, fax machines, monitors, calculators, speakers, printers, etc. For a full list, go to the event web site here.

The company that assists the city of Decatur in this recycling effort, ARC International Corporation, has been vetted to be sure that everything is recycled responsibly without being dumped around the globe. They dismantle all of the materials received in the United States down to the bare component, be it plastic, metal , circuit boards, CRT tubes and any other e-waste/scrap, then the materials are sent downstream for recycling. ARC has a zero waste corporate policy ensuring that none of the material brought into their facilities for recycling will end up in a landfill either domestically or internationally.

This recycling event only happens two times per year in the spring and in the fall. So pull together all your appropriate recyclables and donate them this weekend.