Published Sunday, October 14, 2012
From STAFF REPORTS
An electronics recycling event coordinated by Keep Newnan Beautiful is Oct. 20 as part of the Greener Greater Newnan Festival and America Recycles Day.
The recycling will be held at Ashley Park from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The collection will be located in the area/parking lot behind Honey Baked Ham.
Accepted items include: personal computers, monitors, LCD screen/flat screen monitors, VCR’s, radios, stereos, DVD players, microwaves, power supplies, vacuums, banking equipment, telephones, pagers, networking equipment, laptops, keyboards, mice, power cables, medical equipment (non-hazardous), printers, copy machines, fax machines, cell phones, transformers, scanners, portable electronic devices, servers, HUBS, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, remotes, modems, projectors, cameras ($10 processing charge for televisions and $5 processing charge for CRT’s). Not accepted: refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, mercury containing devices, hazardous chemicals/materials, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, bio-waste, liquids of any kind.
Keep Newnan Beautiful relayed to IMS some of the concerns people had about electronic recycling. They responded to these concerns with the following:
Where do my electronics really go? The electronics received from the event are taken to the processing center of IMS in Decatur, Ga. The items are sorted for reuse if at all possible and given to non-profits or charitable groups. Each component received is broken down to the basic materials such as plastics, metals, glass, circuit boards and wire. These components are then forwarded to various companies for the re-manufacturing of new items. IMS does not ship any whole electronics overseas and all processing is done in-house in one of their multiple processing centers in the United States.
?Why the $10 processing fee for TVs and $5 fee for CRTs? The processing fee for TVs and CRTs assist in covering the cost for IMS to dismantle them, separating into the various plastics, metals and glass tube (lead shielded). There is a special process to separate the lead from the glass which will allow both the glass and lead to be reused in other manufacturing processes. This is a very expensive process and only a few areas in North America can perform this task. IMS pays for this process to ensure the harmful elements, such as lead, are kept from polluting our environment and landfills.
“So gather up your old/broken electronics and bring them to Ashley Park on Saturday, Oct. 20,” says Keep Newnan Beautiful Director Carol Duffey. “You can reduce the excess in your home and feel good knowing they will be reused and recycled.”
For more information about this and other upcoming events visit www.keepnewnanbeautiful.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Duffey at 770-253-8283.