[ADEQ Media] ADEQ Announces Free Electronics Waste Recycling Event for Saturday, May 15 at Bashas' Parking Lot in Thatcher
Tue May 4 13:10:20 MST 2010
PHOENIX - (May 4, 2010) - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
officials announced today that a free electronics waste recycling event
for the Thatcher, Safford, Pima and surrounding eastern Arizona region
will be held Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot
of Bashas' supermarket in Thatcher, 2323 W. Highway 70.
ADEQ and its partners - Town of Thatcher, City of Safford, Town of Pima,
Bashas' supermarket, Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona, Volvo Rents
Construction Equipment and Westech Recyclers -- anticipate collecting
tons of unwanted televisions, computer equipment, monitors, batteries,
chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small
appliances, fax machines, stereos, cables and cords during the event.
"E-waste is hi-tech litter that's becoming one of Arizona's fastest
growing environmental threats," said ADEQ Director Benjamin H. Grumbles.
"We can all make a difference by pitching in to the recycle bin and turn
a potentially toxic stream of waste into useful products and green
profits. This is the most ambitious regional e-waste recycling event
that we have sponsored in the state since our program began eight months
ago and we are expecting an excellent turnout from Graham and Greenlee
counties. Come and shop and bring your electronic waste with you."
Jan Holder, executive director of the Gila Watershed Partnership, said
she is eagerly anticipating the upcoming event because illegal dumping
of electronics waste has been a long-standing problem in the area.
"There's been a big increase in that kind of activity over time," Holder
said. "There are a number of small, hidden roads along the Gila River
that people use to discard it. This event is the proper way to dispose
of electronics waste and we are glad to be co-sponsoring it."
Westech Recyclers recycles all material in accordance with state and
federal regulations and will erase all hard drives received with state
of the art software. Westech has been recycling the state's electronic
material for more than 14 years and is the primary recycling partner of
most of Arizona's towns and cities.
ADEQ has sponsored e-recycling events in Show Low, Williams, Payson,
Globe/Miami, Superior, Nogales, Tucson, Sun City West, Lake Havasu City,
Casa Grande and the Phoenix metropolitan area and collected more than
130 tons of recyclable material.
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