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Electronics recycling returns
Microwaves, vacuum cleaners among items not accepted
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Forsyth County News


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Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is holding its biannual electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Organization coordinator Tammy Wright said she wants people to understand their definition of "electronic."

"Just because it runs on electricity doesn't mean we can take it," Wright said. "No vacuum cleaners, no speakers, no microwaves, no hairdryers or irons."

Wright said items the organization is looking for include computer hard drives and monitors, printers, cameras, cell phones and televisions.

"But no console or projection televisions," she said.

Wright said it's interesting to see some of the older equipment residents bring to the event, which will be in the fairgrounds parking lot off Castleberry Road.

"We've gotten some old Apple computers that were huge and some really huge speakers that looked like somebody had definitely had them in storage for a while," she said.

At the last electronics recycling event in April, the organization collected 396 computer monitors, 340 hard drives and 131 televisions. In total, they received more than 54,000 pounds of electronics.

It costs $5 per carload for residents to get rid of old electronics. An additional $10 fee will be added for televisions.

Everything residents bring to the event gets picked up by Atlanta Recycling Solutions. Wright said the Forsyth County business processes and separates all the usable pieces from each item for reuse.

"Now is a great time to help the environment by cleaning out the old electronics stored in your garage or closet," Wright said.

The next Keep Forsyth County Beautiful recycling event, Bring One for the Chipper on Jan. 3, will collect old Christmas trees.