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'E-rase Your E-waste' 10th Annual Collection Event This Weekend

 

E-rase your E-waste invites you to celebrate our 10th anniversary year by bringing your damaged and/or outdated electronic equipment to our joint recycling events in Sidney and Fairview this weekend. E-rase your E-waste has recycled more than 154 Tons of electronic waste during the past 10 years and we'd like to, again, add substantially to that total in 2014.

The dates for this year's spring weekend collection in Sidney are this Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, with a joint mini collection in Fairview on Saturday morning, May 10, as part of that community's annual Citywide Cleanup event.

Yellowstone E-waste Solutions of Billings is again the e-cycler for the event and provide their services for FREE, with two small exceptions. 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.

Sidney Collection:

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.

Note, too, that anyone in the MonDak region, or even outside it, is welcome to bring their electronic items to the Sidney E-rase your E-waste collection site during regular event hours. You do not need to be a Richland County resident to participate.

Fairview Collection:

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; however, Fairview senior citizens and others needing help transporting their e-waste to the Fairview event can call City Hall at 742-5616 to arrange assistance through Friday. On Saturday, those needing help in Fairview can call 489-2624.

What Can I Bring?

Nearly all electronic devices are accepted, including computers and their components (printers, scanners, keyboards, etc.), cell phones, cameras, TVs, VCRs, cable TV boxes, fax machines, copiers, stereos, game boys and specialized electronic equipment used in businesses such as hospitals, law enforcement and manufacturing and even the oil fields.

Please note, however, that NO consumer white goods, light bulbs, CFLs, mercury thermometers, alkaline batteries, or items containing refrigerants (including dehumidifiers), oils, or acids will be accepted. If you are unsure whether your item qualifies you can check out the handy "What to Bring..." handout posted on the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab's e-waste website at http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste or call Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. 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.

Local businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are asked to make an appointment to drop off their items also 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. Details on acceptable items and how to palletize them can be found in the "What to Bring..." handout posted to the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab's e-waste website as noted above.

Fall Collection Also Planned:

For those unable to participate in this weekend's events, we are also hosting a second collection this fall (in Sidney only) the weekend of Sept. 5-6. Please consider joining us then.

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., 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 and the Richland County Public Works Department makes their facilities available for the collection event in Sidney.

 

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