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'E-rase your E-waste' Announces Spring/Fall Collection Dates

 


It’s spring cleaning time again, which means the Richland County “E-rase your E-waste” committee is gearing up for its 2014 annual spring and fall collection events. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this community-wide service program, which has recycled more than 154 Tons of outdated and waste electronics during that time.

According to organizers, dates for this year’s spring weekend collection are Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, and again will include a joint mini collection in Fairview on Saturday morning, May 10, as part of that community’s annual Citywide Cleanup event. The regular fall weekend collection is set for Sept. 5-6 in Sidney only, although anyone in the MonDak region, or even outside it, is welcome to bring their electronic items to any E-rase your E-waste collection site.

Yellowstone E-waste Solutions of Billings is again the e-cycler for both the spring and fall collections and provide their services for FREE, with two small exceptions, organizers noted. Participants wanting their hard drives removed from their computers will need to pay a small fee of $5 for removal. In addition, those needing documentation certifying that their hard drive has been destroyed will also be charged a $5 fee.

Again, the collections in Sidney and Fairview are all FREE as noted above! The Sidney E-rase your E-waste events will be held as usual at the Richland County Shop at 2140 W. Holly in Sidney, next to the Fairgrounds. Signs will be posted. Times for both spring and fall events in Sidney are Fridays 3-7 pm and Saturdays 9-3 pm. Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when Yellowstone E-waste Solutions employees and local volunteers will be available to help with loading and unloading.

In Fairview, items will be accepted at the Fairview Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 10, Fairview chamber organizers said. Note, that NO items, either regular trash or e-waste, will be accepted after the 12 pm deadline in Fairview.

Local businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are asked to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. Please leave a message.

Where possible larger recyclers are also encouraged to palletize their own items, or send extra staff to help get it done at the summer events. Details on acceptable items and how to palletize them can be found in a handout posted to the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab’s e-waste website at http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste. In addition, a handy “Items List” recycling form is also available at the website to further speed processing time for participants bringing both large and small amounts, Couture noted.

The “E-rase your E-waste” effort in Sidney is coordinated by members of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Richland Opportunities Inc., employees with Sidney ARS and volunteers with other community organizations including the RSVP program. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has also committed funds for advertising the 2014 event.

 

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