Electronics Drop-Off to Benefit Recycling Education

Saturday May 3, 20149:00 am – 1:00 pmTops (Seaway) Plaza Routes 5 & 20. Waterloo, NY 13165 April 22, 2014. For Immediate Release: Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension and 2trg are sponsoring an e-Waste Recycling Drop-off on Saturday, May 3rd. Unwanted household electronics will be collected from 9:00 am to 1 pm at the Seaway (Tops) Plaza on Routes 5 & 20 across from Abigail’s Restaurant in Waterloo. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Energy education efforts of Seneca GR&EEN, (Generating Recycling and Energy Education Now), part of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H.According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010 Americans disposed of 384 million electronic devises, but only about 74 million or 19% were recycled. Electronics are made from valuable resources, such as precious metals, copper, and engineered plastics, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials and as a result, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. For example, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year. One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the US.The best way to be sure that these hazardous wastes do not end up in landfills is to drop them off at an event such as this. Acceptable electronics include:Cables, CD-ROM drives, cellular phones, circuit boards, computer speakers, CPUs, CRT monitors, docking stations, DVD players, fax machines, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mainframes, mice, microwaves, modems, PDAs, personal copiers, printers, processor chips, scanners, servers, speakers, tape and disc drives, telephones, televisions, terminals, UPS battery back-ups, VCR players, and more! Unacceptable electronics include: Appliances, ballasts, batteries, and light bulbs. A complete list of acceptable items can be found at www.2trg.com or calling 315-759-5120. With Earth Week recently concluded, it is also a good time to renew a commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle all of your consumable products. A complete list of what can and cannot recycle in Seneca County as well as pick up schedules can be found at www.Senecarecylces.org. County residents can recycle up to 4 blue bins every two weeks through curbside recycling. Seneca Meadows on Rte. 414 in Waterloo also hosts a recycling drop-off location if people have more. “We have been sponsoring e-waste collections in the fall around America Recycles Day and the spring near Earth Day each year so that residents in the county can depend on recycling their electronics at those times.”said CCE Executive Director Ave Bauder. “We hope that everyone has been putting aside their e-waste and not throwing it in the trash and will drop it off on the 3rd. They should remember that it is not just old computers, TVs and monitors that can be recycled but also things such as cables, mice, mobile devices, and other peripherals which are recycled at a much lower rate. And a great thing about 2trg is they are dedicated to making sure that none of what they take will go into a landfill or be dumped in the ocean.” For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. The web address is www.senecacountycce.org and the telephone number is 315-539-9251.

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