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Sidney, Fairview 'E-Rase Your E-Waste' Event Is May 13-14

 


E-rase your E-waste organizers invite you to bring your damaged and outdated electronic equipment to the group’s spring recycling event May 13-14 in Sidney and Fairview. Now in its 12th year, E-rase your E-waste has recycled more than 380,000 pounds (190 Tons!) of electronic waste and is hoping to add substantially to that total in 2016, organizers said.

This spring’s collection will once again be held Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, in Sidney, while Fairview will hold its own mini collection event on Saturday morning, May 14, 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 provides their services for FREE, with a couple of exceptions. Participants wanting their hard drives removed from their computers or needing documentation certifying that their hard drive has been destroyed will need to pay a small fee of $5 for each of those services. In addition, there is a fee for recycling CRT monitors and CRT television sets based on size: $5 each for CRT TVs and monitors 19” or smaller; and $10 each for anything larger.

Sidney Collection

The Sidney E-rase your E-waste collection 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 the Sidney event are Friday 3-7 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. -3 p.m. 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 Sidney or 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 14, 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 (through Friday May 13) at 742-5616 to arrange assistance. 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, manufacturing and even the oil field.

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.

Recycling Large Amounts

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. 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 noted above.

Fall Collection Also Planned

For those unable to participate in this weekend’s events, E-rase your E-waste is also hosting a second collection this fall (in Sidney only) the weekend of Sept. 9-10. 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), and volunteers with other community organizations including the RSVP program. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has also committed funds for advertising the 2016 events and the Richland County Public Works Department makes their facilities freely available for the collection event in Sidney.

 

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