Friday, August 27, 2010

New electronics recycling law begins Sept. 1

Starting Wednesday, September 1, City of Racine residents will be required by law to keep certain electronic devices out of the landfill by disposing of them at qualified sites and not as a part of regular or recyclables collection.

Electronic devices affected by the new law include:

·         Desktop/laptop/portable computers
·         Computer components including monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, scanners, flash drives and hard drives
·         Televisions, DVD, VCR and other video players
·         Gaming controls and devices
·         Printer/copier/fax machines
·         Cellular phones and handheld devices

The City of Racine Department of Public Works will be hosting a one time free drop-off and disposal of these items on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9am until noon at the City Hall Annex Parking Lot by 800 Center St.  Residents of the city will be required to show proof of residency (driver’s license or current utility bill).  Commercial or business drop-offs are not included in this offer.

Residents may contact local electronic retailers for their current disposal rate or drop-off electronic devices at the Department of Public Works Pearl Street Facility for a small fee.  Pearl Street is open every Saturday from mid-April to mid-November.  For more information call 636-9126.

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