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.
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.