Salt Lake City

City Announces Free Electronic Waste Recycling Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


City Announces Free Electronic Waste Recycling Events
    
SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Green announces a series of Saturday electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events that will be held each month, from May through August. The events are sponsored by Samsung and will accept a wide variety of electronics from city and county residents. Business waste will not be accepted.

“Salt Lake City is offering a series of free e-waste recycling events to give residents an opportunity to dispose of electronics in a responsible way,” said Debbie Lyons, Salt Lake City’s resource recovery manager. “Historically, Saturday events have been very popular and we are expecting to collect 10,000 pounds of e-waste at each event.”

E-waste accepted at the community collection events include: computers, computer parts, televisions, cell phones, printers, scanners and cameras. E-waste collected at the City events will be recycled by Metech, a certified e-Steward recognized for their environmentally responsible recycling practices.

Responsible recycling of e-waste is important to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Many common electronics contain toxic chemicals, including lead and mercury, which can be released into storm drains and groundwater if they are not handled properly. Electronics collected at the City events will be deconstructed by Metech and all recyclable materials will be recovered. Any toxic material left over after this process will be safely handled by a hazardous waste facility.

All e-waste recycling events are scheduled on Saturdays and run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 11            Smith’s Marketplace, 455 South 500 East
June 8            Smith’s Grocery Store, 876 East 800 South
July 13            Smith’s Marketplace, 455 South 500 East
August 10        Smith’s Grocery Store, 1174 West 600 North

Additional community e-waste collection events are scheduled throughout Salt Lake County this summer. More information on electronic waste recycling, including a complete list of acceptable materials, is available at www.SLCgreen.com.