Recycling event will take in old computers, TVs

KINGMAN - The Mohave Community College Computer Club (MC4) will be hosting a technology recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the city of Kingman Public Works Yard, 3700 E. Andy Devine Ave. Residents are encouraged to bring their old, broken or unused televisions, computers and technology devices.

"We feel like it's a great service to the community so these items don't end up in the landfill," said Andra Goldberg, MC4 club advisor. "The products are safely recycled, and it's great for the environment."

Computers and electronics contain materials such as aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, palladium, platinum, selenium, silver and zinc. Some of these metals are quite hazardous to the environment, and many of these metals are recyclable.

The Arizona recycling group working with MC4 and Public Works to put on the event, Westech Recyclers, takes the computers and either strips parts, melts them down, or repurposes them for use at places such as homeless shelters.

MC4 will also assist in removing hard drives from old computers and either return them to the owner or smash them with a "very high-tech" hammer, said Goldberg.

Items that will be accepted include: televisions, monitors, computer components, records, MP3 and video players, DVD/VHS players, digital cameras, radios, telephones and printers. Car batteries or other items containing Freon will not be accepted.

The group hosts two of these events each year. The fall event coincides with America Recycles day. The last event in March collected more than 10,000 pounds of electronics for recycling.

For more information about the event, contact Andra Goldberg at (928) 692-3015.