A free electronics-collection event will run 7:30 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Bryant Industries facility at 1406 Warrington Ave., west of Danville.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Vermilion County Health Department, Bryant Industries, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Neuhoff Media.
Residents are encouraged to bring their broken, obsolete or unwanted electronic items to the facility so the items can be recycled at no cost.
“Even old and broken electronic items have components that can be recycled and reused, and other components that can be toxic,” said county public health administrator Shirley Hicks in a press release. “These products can no longer be taken to landfills in Illinois, so managing them properly is the right thing to do.”
As of Jan. 1, 2012, Illinois has banned electronic products such as televisions, computers, monitors, DVD players, fax machines and MP3 players from being disposed of in landfills.
On April 20, area residents can bring their household electronic items to the Bryant’s Industry facility for processing. At the collection event, Bryant Industries will accept answering machines, calculators, camcorders, cameras, CB radios, CD players, CD/DVD/floppy drives, cell phones, copy machines, cords and cables, desktop PCs, fax machines, hard drives, keyboards, laptops, mice, microwave ovens, modems, pagers, paper shredders, postage machines, printers, radios, scanners, servers, speakers, tape drives, telephones, two-way radios, typewriters, UPS backups, VCRs, video game systems, word processors, and many other household electronics.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day,” said Brent Richards, COO of Bryant Industries, in the release. “It’s our responsibility as a company to see to it that residents have an avenue to recycle these items in a responsible manner, and feel comfortable that their items are going through the proper channels.”
Bryant Industries routinely accepts electronic items for recycling at its facilities. Hicks said when officials at the company were approached about special electronics-collection events, they enthusiastically agreed. A second electronics-recycling event is being planned for the fall.
“We like having a collection close to Earth Day, and we appreciate the effort that Bryant Industries is putting into helping us achieve that,” Hicks said.
This will be the primary Great American Clean-Up recycling event for Keep Vermilion County Beautiful in the spring of 2013.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away about 400 million electronic products each year. Those products can contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and beryllium that must be properly managed to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. Obsolete electronic products can also contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips.
Call Douglas Toole at 431-2662, ext. 243, at the county health department for information.