May 'E-rase your E-waste' Event Includes Changes
April 19, 2017 | View PDF
“E-rase your E-waste” organizers are pleased to announce that the group will hold its annual spring collection on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, but this year there will be some added restrictions on what items participants can bring. Also different this year, there will be no collection in Fairview due to construction of a new fire hall. However, Fairview residents, along with residents throughout the MonDak region, are encouraged to participate in the Sidney collection in May.
“Unfortunately, we are once again seeing limitations on old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors and televisions, neither of which will be accepted at our May event,” coordinator Jackie Couture noted. In fact, only flat screen TVs will be accepted for recycling this year, no projection units or consoles, she said, adding that there are limitations on other items as well. Those limitations include the standards: NO consumer white goods, vacuums, light bulbs, CFLs, mercury thermometers, alkaline batteries (rechargeable are okay), or items containing refrigerants (including dehumidifiers), oils, or acids.
In addition, Couture said, our e-cycler has informed us that this year none of the following items will be accepted, although they have been in the past: NO alarm clocks/radios, small kitchen or bathroom appliances, microwave ovens, smoke detectors, or vacuum cleaners.
“We considered cancelling the spring event like we did in 2013 because of the CRT issue, but feel there’s still plenty of other e-waste out there that people will want to get rid of, so decided to go ahead with the 2017 May event,” Couture said. There will also be a collection in the fall for those unable to attend in May.
The collection will again be held at the Richland County Shop at 2140 W. Holly in Sidney, next to the Fairgrounds. Event times are Friday 3-7 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when employees with Yellowstone E-waste Solutions of Billings, our e-cycler, and local volunteers will be available to help with loading and unloading.
The event is FREE, although participants needing a hard drive removed, or who need official documentation that their hard drive has been destroyed, are also subject to a $5 fee for those services.
The “E-rase your E-waste” effort in Sidney is coordinated by members of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the Sidney Agricultural Research Service lab and volunteers with other community organizations.