Events and stores offer eCycling opportunities

A conscientious recycler should know where to take electronics for safe recycling.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Published: May 20, 2012
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Old microwaves, cellphones, VCRs, copy machines and nearly everything that is part of or attached to a computer often end up retired to the nearest curb or local donation site.

Often referred to as “eCycling,” recycling electronic waste isn't a weekly opportunity for many communities but there are eco-friendly ways of disposing used electronics.

Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions, a global electronics recycling company, said Sims workers were recently in Nichols Hills to pick up “eWaste” during Earth Day celebration events.

Workers collected more than 3,000 pounds of used electronics.

“These are things you don't want to throw in the landfill,” he said. “Old electronics have toxic and hazardous components ... one computer might not be a big deal, but hundreds of thousands are.”

A May 5 eCycling opportunity at State Fair Park brought in nearly 154,000 pounds of waste from more than 1,000 participants, reducing waste, air and water emissions and enough energy savings to power 1,183 U.S. households for a year.

That event was sponsored by the city and Waste Management Recycle America, LG Electronics and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates some 3.5 million tons of eWaste are produced each year.

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For more information

The website www.earth911.com provides a directory of recycling sites and events. Also, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has information about eCycling in the state at www.deq.state.ok.us/recycle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency keeps a page dedicated to eCycling information at www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling.

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