‘e-Cycling’ event set for Saturday

Published 6:15 pm Friday, October 10, 2008

Still got a couple or three old televisions packed up in the attic?

Or maybe you have old computers, microwaves, cell phones, VCRs, copiers, laptops and the like that you’ve been planning to get rid of for months?

If so, today is the day to do it.

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The city, through its membership of HR Clean – Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, is helping to sponsor the first regional electronics recycling event today. People can take their old electronics items to any Grand Furniture store location, in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Greenbrier, Churchland, Hampton or Newport News from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items that will be accepted include personal computers, monitors, LCD screens and flat screen monitors, VCRs, radios, stereos, DVD players, microwaves, power supplies, rechargeable batteries, vacuums, banking equipment, telephones, pagers, networking equipment, laptops, keyboards, power cables, medical equipment, printers, copy machines, fax machines, cell phones,

transformers, scanners, servers, ink cartridges, remotes, modems, projectors, cameras and televisions.

There is a $10 processing fee for all television sets, but this fee will be waived for

the first 100 sets at each location, according to a city press release.

“This a great opportunity for residents to dispose of electronics that would take up valuable space in the regional landfill,” said Tom Kreidel, spokesman for the Southeastern Public Service Authority. SPSA will accept televisions into its landfill, although some around the country have banned the old sets because they contain up to eight pounds of lead. The poison, which can cause central nervous system damage, can become exposed if the television is crushed in the back of a garbage truck.

SPSA takes preventative measures to keep lead and other waste toxins that come from the disposal of electronics from getting into the landfills, Kreidel said. For example, it uses special liners in the areas where electronics are put.

Nonetheless, the items still eat up premium space in the landfill when they come there, he said.

“We would encourage everyone to use the e-cycling drop off centers,” he said. “That keeps it out of the landfill and the waste stream.”