Payson Packs On Pounds At Electronic Waste Event


 ADEQ Northeastern Arizona Liaison Byron James, kneeling with the work crew, was among those participating.

ADEQ Northeastern Arizona Liaison Byron James, kneeling with the work crew, was among those participating.

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality completed the spring phase of its 2012 Free Electronics Waste Recycling Program with a successful event in the parking lot of Payson’s Multi-Event Center on April 28.

A total of 166 vehicles from Payson and the surrounding region brought 23,200 pounds of e-waste for recycling.

The vehicle total was far more than either of the two previous events that ADEQ sponsored in Payson.

A total of 31,000 pounds had been collected at the two earlier e-waste events.

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There was plenty to do for the many volunteers who showed up at last Saturday’s free electronic waste recycling event in Payson before E-Waste Harvesters’ crew wrapped the pallets with shrink wrap and a front-end loader prepared to place the pallets on the cargo truck.

Of the 166 motorists bringing e-waste this year, 122 were from Payson; 15 from Pine; seven each from Strawberry and Star Valley; three from Round Valley; two each from Tonto Basin, Christopher Creek, East Verde and Gisela; and one each from Beaver Valley, Bear Flat, Mesa del Caballo and Whispering Pines.

In addition to ADEQ and the Payson Water Department, other co-sponsors were Gila County, Northern Gila County Sanitary District, Town of Star Valley, Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, CH2MHill and E-Waste Harvesters of Phoenix.

As usual, Payson Water Superintendent Buzz Walker and his staff organized the event, distributing fliers, providing for radio announcements, collecting school district e-waste, providing the venue location and forklift, staffing the event, and serving lunch to the volunteers.

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