Electronics, battery recycling event set for Nov. 2
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Local residents will have the opportunity to responsibly dispose of old electronics, batteries and household hazardous waste during a Nov. 2 recycling event sponsored by Canyonlands Community Recycling (CCR) and WabiSabi. The event will be held at the WabiSabi Thriftique, 350 South 400 East, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Metech Recycling of Salt Lake City will collect the items. CCR and Metech are also offering Friday pickup for businesses at no additional charge. Businesses will be charged the true cost of recycling their electronic waste items: $0.25 per pound, and households are encouraged to donate at the same rate, according to the news release. A fee of $2 per pound will be charged for all batteries that are recycled at the event. For more information, contact Canyonlands Community Recycling at 435-210-4996 or email ccr@moabrecycles.org.

Most electronic items except freon- or coolant-containing items such as refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioners will be accepted. Alkaline non-rechargeable batteries will also be accepted.

The event, which is held twice annually – on the first Saturday in May and November – has kept more than 37,500 pounds of electronics and 750 pounds of batteries out of the local landfill, event organizers said.

The public is also invited to bring in any unwanted but still working electronics to be donated to WabiSabi at the time of the drive. Working electronics can also be donated to WabiSabi at any time at the warehouse location at 1030 South Bowling Alley Ln.

Organizers said the benefits of diverting electronics and batteries from the landfill extend beyond lengthening landfill lifespan and protecting local soil and water.

“Sending these items on to a reputable recycler means that most of the materials they contain can also be reused,” according to the news release. “When properly handled, electronics are broken down into their component parts (plastics, glass, metals) and 95 [percent] of materials can be sent back into the manufacturing process.”

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