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Responsible spring cleaning means recycling electronics

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The city of Independence offered a way for its citizens to get rid of their junk and recycle their electronics on Saturday.

Televisions, microwaves, computer monitors and hard drives were among the items dumped off to become some one else’s ‘problem.’
“We’re recycling electronics, anything with cord or a battery, as large as a refrigerator all the way down to a cell phone or a calculator,” said Ryan Wilkey with Midwest Recycling Center.

Starting next month residents will be able to drop off unwanted electronics at the same place they recycle paper, plastic and aluminum in Independence.

“As of right now those centers only collected glass, plastic, your normal recycle materials starting may 1st they’ll actually be taking over the centers accepting electronics recycling all year round,’ Wilkey explained.

The city says May 1st, St. Louis company, Midwest Recycling Center or MRC takes over the city’s two drop-off recycling facilities. The city expects to save money this way.
THE CITY SAYS MAY 1ST ST. LOUIS COMPANY- MIDWEST RECYCLING CENTER- OR MRC- TAKES OVER THE CITY’S TWO DROP-OFF RECYCLING FACILITIES.

M-R-C SAYS BY KEEPING ELECTRONICS OUT OF THE LANDFILL IT ALSO HELPS SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT.
“Believe it or not one hard drive from a computer can make almost 40 brand new soda cans so when we’re recycling 500 to 600 computers in one weekend that’s a lot of raw material we can recover, said Zan McKinney with the City of Independence.

It will start accepting unwanted electronics on May 1 at two locations.

865 Vista Avenue

13600 East 35th Street

Additionally, next weekend FOX 4, along with Vintage Tech Recyclers and the Kansas City Chiefs is offering its annual electronic recycling event open to anyone.

It’s Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at Arrowhead Stadium.
You can drop off most items for free. There’s a small charge for some TVs, including ‘glass front’, tube, and projections TVs.

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