Residents who would like to recycle their electronic devices or safely dispose of larger products such as televisions and computers are welcome to drop off their items at the Community Recycling Day on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College of Mount St. Joseph’s west parking lot off Delhi Road by the College Theatre. The Mount’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC) is working with Recycle Force, a company from Indianapolis, which will dispose of the materials in a safe way.
The EAC will accept cell phones, charging cords and phone accessories for the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Project Saving Species” program, which helps protect gorillas and their habitat in Africa by minimizing the amount of coltan (an ore used in cell phones) that needs to be mined. The goal is to collect 200 cell phones.
In addition to cell phones, some of the items that will be accepted include anything with an electrical cord--telephone systems, computers, monitors, scanners, laserdisc players, computer keyboards, printers, VCR/DVD/CD players, fax machines, game systems, copiers, microwaves, surge protectors, cash registers, power cables, electronic wiring, and satellite components. Larger items such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and dishwashers also accepted. A $10 donation is requested for all CRT televisions and monitors and $20 donation for all refrigerant-containing appliances.
Recycle Force will de-manufacture higher-grade materials such as televisions, computers and monitors and will wipe hard-drives clean of all data to address any privacy concerns. Broken down scrap metals are collected, packaged and sold to build new components. Electronic waste contains a number of toxic elements, such as lead and mercury, which should be disposed of carefully. Recycle Force hires formerly incarcerated people and helps them rebuild their lives by providing transitional jobs and increasing their chance of sustained future employment.
If you have questions, please call Colleen McSwiggin at 513-244-4864.
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