Dump Electronic Waste For Free This Saturday

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Get rid of potentially dangerous electronic waste for free on Saturday, April 28 at the Payson Event Center.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will host the third annual Electronics Waste Recycling Event to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

Sponsors of the free disposal event include ADEQ, the Payson Water Department, Gila County, Northern Gila County Sanitary District, Town of Star Valley, Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, CH2MHill and E-Waste Harvesters of Phoenix.

Backers hope residents will turn in tons of unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords during the event. E-Waste Harvesters will use state of the art software to erase all hard drives and will provide companies and individuals donating e-waste a certificate of destruction.

“We are excited about returning to Payson again after the excellent events during the first two years of our free electronics waste recycling program in that area,” ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said. “This is a great opportunity for people to ensure that this potentially toxic stream of waste is disposed of responsibly.”

During the last two years of e-waste events in Payson, more than 15 tons of discarded electronics were collected from nearly 300 vehicles.

“These events are typically some of the most well-attended of all our various town events,” said Buzz Walker, Payson’s Water Department manager.

ADEQ has sponsored 64 events statewide since the e-waste program’s inception in August 2009 and collected more than 1.5 million pounds of electronics for recycling.

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