The city of Atlanta will hold its Electronic Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Turner Field’s Gold Lot. City residents are encouraged to bring old computers and household electronics to be recycled.
This is the seventh year the city has sponsored e-waste recycling. In 2008, more than 1,000 items, including computers, cellphones, stereos and televisions, were recycled.
Electronics account for up to 5 percent of landfill volume and contribute up to 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills because every year consumers are buying newer and better products.
Items accepted include computer monitors, televisions ($10 fee), microwave ovens, computer CPUs, stereos, telephones, laptops, copiers, CB radios, printers, video machines, CD players, disk drives, video and DVD players, portable radios, camcorders, cellphones, test and networking equipment, cameras, keyboards, modems, record players, scanners, circuit boards, speakers, electrical panels, typewriters, UPS/battery backup, fax machines, projectors, cables, and computer mice.
Items that will not be accepted include consoles, projection televisions, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and nonelectronic equipment.
The recycling day’s sponsors are Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Turner Field, Advanced Disposal, Dream Sanitation, Atlanta Recycling Solutions, the Atlanta Department of Public Works and Best Buy.