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Electronics recycling event returns May 8
Event popular and productive
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Pastor Jaramillo wraps a television in plastic during last year’s electronics recycling event. This year’s event is May 8. - photo by File photo
 Electronics Recycling Day

• When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8

• Where: Cumming Fairgrounds on Castleberry Road

• Yes: Stereos, copy machines, camcorders, computers, projectors, monitors, printers, cell phones, radios, microwaves, fax machines, telephones and computer parts are accepted.

• No: Washing machines, dryers, humidifiers, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, toaster ovens and hair dryers are not accepted.

• Contact: (770) 205-4573

Pound for pound, the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful electronics recycling event weighs in as the county’s largest collection of obsolete items.

Twice a year, residents are invited to drop off old or broken computers, cameras, televisions, cell phones and other electronics.

About 57,000 pounds of materials were collected during the 2009 spring event, said Tammy Wright, the organization’s manager of environmental programming.

She hopes the May 8 event will yield a similar turnout.

“It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so we know that’s going to interfere with some people’s plans,” she said. “But the event itself is the same as usual.

“We’ve kind of gotten this thing down pat now.”

In celebration of Earth Day, which is observed today, Earth Day Network is encouraging a variety of civic activities, including cleanups, education and recycling.

The electronics recycling event isn’t on Earth Day, but the message of caring for the environment is a yearlong effort.

That’s why the county’s Tolbert Street recycling center recently started collecting electronics for recycling, Wright said.

“I think a lot of people will still come to our event because they have the convenience of someone helping them to unload it,” she said. “But we don’t care which way you bring it.”

Among those helping collect electronics are local high school students and members of the Cumming Kiwanis Club.

Club president Daniel White said the event is part of the group’s One Day of Service.

“It’s an important project for us to keep electronics out of landfills and to have a proper recycling alternative for disposal,” he said.

“We have Key Club members in all five high schools in the county and they join us in working the event as well, so [the message] gets out to the high schools and hopefully it gets passed onto the students and families.”

Wright said working with the students and club members makes the day enjoyable. They also help expedite the process, helping unload vehicles and direct traffic so recyclers can get in and out with ease.

“I have a ball with it,” she said. “It’s really encouraging to me and most customers feel good about being able to do the right thing.”