Thinking globally and acting locally, eight area organizations have banned together to host an electronics recycling drive on Saturday, April, 27, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Delta County residents and businesses are invited to drop off unwanted and unusable electronics on Saturday at either the Delta site at the Aaron's parking lot, 300 Stafford Lane, or the Hotchkiss site at the fairgrounds parking lot.
Electronic equipment is the fastest-growing garbage stream in America. Every year, consumers buy new gizmos and gadgets in an effort to stay on the pulse of technological advances, but those items become obsolete or unwanted, often within two to three years of purchase. A recent New York Times article reported that Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers a day. Unfortunately, the majority of this e-waste is improperly disposed of — plopped in the garbage bin and taken to be dumped in landfills or burned in incinerators. When dumped or burned, the lead, mercury and other toxic materials inside e-waste can contaminate our soil, water, and air.
The Colorado legislature even recognizes the problem and has passed a law to take effect July 1 that electronic waste will not be accepted at landfills within the state. To help residents and businesses, and to keep these items from being dumped illegally, the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce, the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, TDS, First State Bank of Colorado, Double J Disposal, Alpine Bank of Delta and E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado have come together to offer the recycling day in Delta County.
"Protecting your data and the environment is not only the right thing to do, but by responsibly recycling, E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado has added over 17 new jobs on the Western Slope," said Steve Attarian of E-Waste Recyclers. The company additionally offered the service at a discount to the two organizing chambers of commerce.
The event was initiated by Nathan Sponseller, marketing and business development officer at First State Bank of Colorado and president of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce. Concerned by the stockpiling of old electronics in the First State Bank office, Sponseller reached out to E-Waste Recyclers to organize a pick up. "The bank strives to be a good environmental citizen and simply throwing out our electronic waste seemed to run counter to that goal," he said. "I was amazed when I started to talk about organizing an e-waste recycling event in Hotchkiss how much support I got for the idea. The Western Slope Conservation Center and TDS Telecom took no convincing at all. From there, we decided to try to involve the Delta chamber and Kami Collins could not have done a better job of running with the idea in Delta. It is great to have an event sponsored by both local business and community non-profits, and holding an event around Earth Day seemed natural."
"We are thrilled that Alpine Bank and Double J Disposal could help us have the event in Delta, and we're happy to offer this service to the community," said Collins, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Most items can be recycled for free, including small appliances, stereos and speakers, video games and consoles, cell phones and telephones, small kitchen appliances, VCRs, Christmas lights, toner and ink cartridges and many more items. On some items there is a charge, including fees on monitors ($10), TVs ($10-35), large printers ($15), and floor copiers ($50). For more information on the event and for a complete list of electronic items accepted for recycling on April 27, visit ewasterecyclersofcolorado.com; the joint North Fork Chamber of Commerce website, NorthForkValley.net, or call Nathan Sponseller at 872-5031, or Kami Collins at 874-8616.blog comments powered by Disqus