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askHRgreen Special Edition: Electronics Recycling | November 2, 2012 

Recycle your old electronics!

Give Your Unwanted Electronics a Proper Send-off!

 

askHRgreen.org to host free electronics recycling and shredding events, Nov. 12 and 17

 

In 2009 American consumers recycled only 25 percent of their unwanted electronics. That's a figure askHRgreen.org would like to change in Hampton Roads by hosting two electronics recycling events Nov. 12 at The Home Depot at 325 Chatham Drive in Newport News and Nov. 17 at Mount Trashmore at the corner of Edwin Drive and South Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

 

Held in conjunction with America Recycles Day and co-presented by Synergy Recycling, both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and residents and businesses may bring up to one pickup truck full of electronic devices to be recycled. In addition, safe, secure document shredding will be available courtesy of Stealth Shredding.

 

Electronics from the events will be taken to The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula where employees with disabilities will disassemble the equipment into various parts before being shipped to Synergy Recycling's headquarters in Madison, N.C. There, the working parts of reusable items will be sold to new users, and non-working components will be shredded and processed into metal and plastic that can be reused in new products, such as consumer electronics, in place of new, non-renewable resources.

Julia B. Hillegass, HRPDC public information and community affairs administrator, and Barrett Stork, manager of government affairs with Cox Communications Virginia.
Julia B. Hillegass, HRPDC public information and community affairs administrator,
and Barrett Stork, manager of government affairs with Cox Communications Virginia.

 

This special edition of the askHRgreen.org e-newsletter is the perfect time to announce that askHRgreen.org and Cox Communications, through its Cox Conserves national sustainability program, have partnered to raise awareness about the importance of electronic recycling by promoting where Hampton Roads residents can drop off their unwanted electronics for safe and responsible recycling.

 

"As your 'Friend in the Digital Age,' Cox is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve," said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Virginia. "By helping the community properly recycle e-waste, we provide our neighbors an environmentally-friendly and secure way to dispose of their hard drives, cell phones and other electronics that may contain personal information."

 

Throughout the year, Cox will run commercials and include information in their quarterly customer newsletter, pointing residents to the askHRgreen.org site which lists how to donate working electronics and where to recycle electronics that have reached the end of their life.

 

askHRgreen.org, which encourages Hampton Roads residents to implement practices that will make them good environmental stewards, advises everyone to think before they toss. If the electronic device still works, donate it to a second-hand store or re-sell it to further its life. If the electronic device does not work, take it to one of the locations listed at askhrgreen.org/electronics-recycling.

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Monday Nov. 12

from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Home Depot

325 Chatham Drive

Newport News

 

Saturday Nov. 17

from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mount Trashmore at the corner of Edwin Drive and South Boulevard in Virginia Beach

 

Accepted items: Cell phones | Circuit boards | Computers/CPUs | Computer monitors | Computer peripherals (mouse, speakers, etc.) | Connectors, cables and wiring | Consumer electronics (DVD players, alarm clocks, etc.) | Documents | Fax machines | Home and office phones | Keyboards | Printers | Stereos | Telephone equipment | Televisions | VCRs.

 

Not accepted items:

Any unit with sludge or liquids | Cassette tapes | Household hazardous waste | Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washer dryers, etc.) | Smoke alarms and detectors | VHS tapes.


Recycle your old electronics
 

Good to Do tips for electronic recycling  

 

* Don't throw old electronics in the trash!

 

* If your computer still works, visit The National Cristina Foundation (NCF) website, a non-profit that works with companies and individuals to donate computers and other technology to charities, schools and other public agencies.

 

* Many localities around Hampton Roads host electronics recycling events throughout the year.
Visit askHRgreen.org to find an e-recycling program near you.

 

Dell Computers has partnered with Goodwill through the Dell Reconnect program to recycle residential computers. Residents can bring in any brand of computer equipment in any condition and recycle it for free. Check the location finder at dellreconnect.com to see if a Goodwill store near you participates in the program.

 

Always remove all personal information from your computer before donating or recycling.

 

Check askHRgreen.org for a host of recycling tips and subscribe to the "Let's Talk Green" blog to receive news, updates and information written by a team of local green experts!

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