Recycling available for old electronics

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Pictured from left are MCC Computer Club members Buddy Burrows-Taras, Frankie Devere, Tim Gardner and Shaun Douglass unloading a truck at the March event.

Courtesy<BR> Pictured from left are MCC Computer Club members Buddy Burrows-Taras, Frankie Devere, Tim Gardner and Shaun Douglass unloading a truck at the March event.

KINGMAN - Residents in and around Kingman are encouraged to discard their old, broken or unused computer and technology devices at an upcoming biannual collection event.

The Mohave Community College Computer Club, MC4, is hosting the Technology Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in cooperation with the city of Kingman Public Works Department.

Kingman-area residents can dispose of their waste at the City Public Works Yard located at 3700 E. Andy Devine Ave.

"The MC4 Computer Club is excited to work with the city of Kingman on this event. Nov. 15 is also National America Recycles Day, so we hope to have a great event," said Andra Goldberg, club adviser.

Club members will also assist participants by removing the hard drives from their computers to protect any personal information.

E-waste is an increasing problem worldwide, with nearly 50 million metric tons of e-waste disposed every year.

Most electronics contain lead, copper, silver, gold or palladium that is recyclable.

When those metals enter landfills, they become extremely toxic and pose an environmental risk. Computer monitors and televisions are particularly dangerous and should always be recycled when possible.

The club has held these bi-annual technology drives for the last eight years. Their last countywide drive in March collected 9,975 pounds of electronics and 11,861 pounds of CRT televisions and monitors.

Items such as computer peripherals (web cams, keyboards, mice), older tablets and cell phones, or cameras with detachable lenses are very easy to repurpose, which keeps them out of landfills.

For more information, contact Goldberg at (928) 692-3015 or at agoldberg@mohave.edu.