Electronics recycling event to move to new location
In each of the past six years, local folks have had a day to get rid of unwanted electronic devices, thanks to Quincy Valley Lions Club. This year, club volunteers will set up the annual event at a different location.
The free E-Cycle day will be Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Quincy Valley Lions volunteers will accept certain devices for recycling: televisions, computers, laptops, monitors, tablets and portable DVD players.
The new location is at Central Bean, 815 E St. SW.
Marilyn Cordova, with the Quincy Valley Lions, said the electronics recycling event had to be moved because of changes at the former location. The club’s event used to be held in the recycling area of the city’s public works yard, but the city built a Public Safety Facility on the site and moved its recycling center to a new spot.
The city’s new recycling center is on a triangle of land at Columbia Way and Division Street East, and it is too small for the club’s electronics recycling event.
The new location might actually boost turnout. The club will set up in the parking area in front of Central Bean, which faces State Route 28 running through Quincy.
“And we are going to make a sign to put on the truck so people to see it from the highway, too,” Cordova said.
There is really no charge for anything dropped off, but the attendants will be strict about what is accepted.
“We accept only the items listed,” Cordova said
Cordova also provided the following information, some based on information from Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority, an organization that helps provide this community service. WMMFA is a manufacturer-funded group that helps ensure that the electronics manufacturers help properly dispose of the products they make. Why recycle electronics? These products contain dangerous chemicals and toxic materials, such as, lead, cadmium and mercury. Keeping these toxic materials out of our landfills and incinerators helps to protect our environment. Electronics collected through E-Cycle are taken apart and separated into materials such as glass, plastic, metal, and toxic chemicals. On average, only 2 percent of the total volume goes to a landfill. Recycling follows performance standards set up by the Department of Ecology.
People with printers, keyboards and spent ink cartridges can take them to Office Depot in Wenatchee for recycling, according to Cordova: Ink cartridges will be taken for free, and there will be a charge for the printers and keyboards, depending on size, of $5 to $15.
People with sensitive private information on their computer should destroy the data first. TechSoup online has information on how to destroy your data, along with other sites you can search, according to Cordova.
The Quincy Valley Lions club’s electronics recycling event was always held at the same time as the city’s Spring Clean-up Day at the same city yard. This year, the two events are at separate locations but still on the same day. The city’s Spring Clean-up event is April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Recycle Center at Division Street East and Columbia Way.
While the city’s Spring Clean-up event has been focused on city residents, the club’s recycling event is open for city residents and for people outside Quincy, Cordova said.
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com