January 12, 2005 - Got a new computer for Christmas and wondering how to recycle the
old one? Keep it out of the landfill and help the environment by recycling
it Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Staples off North Peters
Road (8913 Town and Country Circle).
"With technology constantly changing, many computer users
have older, discarded systems," said Mayor Bill Haslam. "
All computers and cell phones contain hazardous materials, and Computer
Recycling Day gives residents an opportunity to properly dispose
of their old systems."
of Knoxville and Knox County residents who bring towers, monitors
and laptops to be recycled will be registered to win a new computer
donated by Staples. CD-ROMS, keyboards and computer manuals will
also be accepted.
In addition, cellular phones can also be donated to the Knoxville
Computers in good working order will be donated to Goodwill Industries'
vocational training programs, and donors may request for a receipt
for a tax deduction. Last year's event diverted more than 26 tons
of computer parts from landfills. Only computers from residential
households will be accepted.
Members of Company D, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Marine
Reserve will be available to assist citizens with the drop off.
Other sponsors include the City of Knoxville, Knox County, FedEx
Ground, Staples, Farragut Optimist Club, 5R Processors, Event Rentals,
Rock-Tenn Recycling, SP Recycling, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville
Inc. and WBIR, Channel 10.
Computers and electronics are among the most rapidly growing segments
of the solid waste stream, and pose a special concern because of
possible hazardous and toxic materials content, including lead,
cadmium, mercury, silver and nickel.
Household computers are accepted regularly at the Household Hazardous
Waste Collection Center, 1033 Elm St., from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Businesses may
also recycle up to 25 computers per month at the center for $7 per
monitor and $3 per PC. Larger businesses, those with 100 computers
or more, should contact the 5R Processing Center 865-457-1621 for
proper disposal options.