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April 3, 2013

Electronics recycling day this Saturday

HUNTSVILLE — Got an old computer you want to throw away? Don’t know what to do with that old vehicle battery? Look no further, the city of Huntsville will be hosting the sixth annual Electronic Recycling Day on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.

People will be able to drop off unwanted electronic items at the recycling facility located at 590 I-45 north. Items such as laptops, copiers, scanners and computer accessories are a few of the items being accepted. Televisions are currently not being accepted.

The event is hosted by the City of Huntsville and sponsored by Technocycle, Xstream Etronics and Try2Recycle.

“We are a community trying to do the right thing, said Esther Herklotz, superintendent, Solid Waste and Recycling.

Herklotz said she hopes to encourage people in the community to recycle unwanted items, instead of throwing them away.

“These are items that don’t decompose with time when you throw them out, these are items that need to be broken down,” she said.

Herklotz said events like these cost cities thousands of dollars, but with the help of the sponsors and the Houston Galveston Area Council, the event will not cost the city any money.

On the day of the event, Herklotz said there will be signs directing people were to go, including volunteers that will tell people where to drop off items.

Last year, 12.9 tons of recyclable materials were brought in by area residents.

“This isn’t trash bash,” she said. “We are trying our best to recycle and gather equipment that could actually be broken down into the plastics and medals and recycle them into something new.”

Herklotz said the sponsors of the event donate a lot of computers and laptops that are usable and donate them to low income schools and to children at hospitals that are in long term care.

“They go beyond what we can even imagine. They refurbish tablets, computers donate to low income schools and for children in hospitals for long term care,” she said.

“The earth is not going to take care of us; lets do the right thing and recycle,” she said.

For more information, please call Solid Waste and Recycling Services at 936-294-5743.

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