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  • Before you throw away any electronic gadgetry, consider recycling
    by Julie W. Hawk
    Published - 07/26/14 - 12:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 230 230 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Electronic waste
    Electronic waste
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - (+VIDEO) Washington County residents like to buy stuff. And we also throw away a lot of stuff to make room for our new stuff. According to the Washington County Solid Waste with information from 2007, each household threw away 2,700 pounds of trash and garbage for a grand total of 122 million pounds which went into our local landfill.

    Neil Schwendiman, district manager of the Solid Waste program, explained the various services that everyone is entitled to by paying their monthly $11 garbage fee. Not only does this fee include weekly garbage pick-up, but also access to recycling through the 'binnies'; electronic waste recycling; a compost program; bi-annual household hazardous waste drop off; and a paint exchange program.

    Specifically addressing the electronic waste, (anything with a plug) Schwendiman and his staff take a positive, proactive approach to encouraging residents to recycle items especially computers, printers and TVs. "Electronics have the capacity to leak or leach out any hazardous materials," Schwendiman said. "We do everything we can to minimize that impact on the environment."

    Citizens can bring their e-waste at no extra charge to the landfill to be recycled; businesses pay 25 cents a pound. The WCSW contracts Virgin Valley Recycling to take the e-waste collected, so it does not go into the county landfill. Virgin Valley will come free of charge and pick up e-waste from residents homes. Call 435.705.8827 to schedule an appointment.

    For more info about WCSW's services, visit: www.wcsw.org

    Before you throw away any electronic gadgetry, consider recycling from KCSG.com on Vimeo.

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