For Immediate Release April 6, 2011
Staff Contact: Julie Hayes, Longmont campaigns Coordinator, 303-772-7300
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Eco-cyle Kicks Off Earth Month in Longmont on April 9
APRIL 6, 2011 - In celebration of Earth Month, Eco-Cycle will host a two-in-one event at the Longmont Drop-off Center on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The following events will run concurrently:
Hard-to-Recycle Collection for Electronics, Plastic Bags, #6 Block Foam and More
This semi-annual event is for “hard-to-recycle” items not regularly accepted at the Longmont Drop-off Center. For full details on items that will be accepted, guidelines and pricing, visit www.ecocycle.org/charm or call 303-772-7300.
Items accepted for a fee include: TVs and computer monitors ($10 for 19-inch screens and smaller, $15 for 20- to 34-inch screens, and $30 for consoles or screens 35-inches or larger), computer towers/CPUs, VCRs, fax machines, printers, scanners, audio equipment and desktop copiers ($8 each), laptops ($4 each) and fire extinguishers ($4 each).
Items collected at no charge include: #6 white block foam (typically used for packaging TVs and computers—food-grade foam [a.k.a. Styrofoam] and packing peanuts will NOT be accepted), cell phones, printer and inkjet cartridges, single or paired athletic shoes and other paired shoes (no mud, please), computer keyboards, mice, cables, #2 and #4 plastic bags (typically newspaper, grocery and dry cleaner bags – must be clean, dry and empty), and textiles.
Recycling electronics not only protects our environment, but also our health. Electronics contain toxic substances such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead. Each television and computer monitor, for example, contains 3 to 8 lbs. of lead. If disposed of in a landfill, these toxins can contaminate the groundwater. All electronic items collected through Eco-Cycle will be responsibly reused or recycled in the United States.
Book Drive for Eco-Cycle’s Children’s Book Re-Use Project
As part of the hard-to-recycle collection event, we will be asking for books to support our Children’s Book Re-Use Project. Since Eco-Cycle began accepting books at the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials in 2001, we have diverted more than 100,000 books out of the bin and into the hands of children through schools, charities that serve families in need and literacy programs. Some of these children, for various reasons, do not otherwise have access to books and haven’t yet had the chance to learn how to hold one until receiving books through this program. From Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare, paperback or hardback, we need books of all kinds for all ages. Any books that can’t be reused are recycled.